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Recently diagnosed with cancer, the District 5 councilor will leave the city's highest body after serving for less than a year

Gene Piros, the affable District 5 representative who announced in May that he would serve out his term and not seek reelection, announced last week that he will tender his immediate resignation from the Newberg City Council on Monday.Piros

His reason? A recent diagnosis.

"(I) had fully intended to complete (my) one-year term after being appointed in November, but was recently diagnosed with lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system," Piros said in a prepared statement issued July 14. "… While doctors have told (me my) condition is treatable, it will be quite grueling."

Piros, 67, filled the District 5 seat in 2019 when Mike Corey resigned after seven years on the council.

"I was excited by the new opportunity and have really enjoyed learning more about city politics and helping Newberg move forward," Piros said in May. "I love this community and I am proud to serve it for the remainder of this term."

Piros is the second councilor to resign in as many months after veteran Patrick Johnson left the city's highest body in late June.

"I will miss the chance to help in fulfilling the goals we establish at the beginning of the year," Piros said. "I will also miss working with Mayor Rick Rogers, the City Council and city staff."

During his short term on the council Piros served on the city's pension and economic opportunity subcommittees. He also worked with the public on disability safety and the city's proposed project to widen parts of Elliott Road.

"Much of my time on council was spent helping my neighbors navigate city government," he said. "Service to others has been a lifelong goal of mine, and I will miss the opportunity on council. Right now I need to focus on my health and my family."

The search to replace Piros as the District 5 representative on the council, which city officials had hoped to put off until later in the year, likely will begin right away. District 5 is in the northeast sector of Newberg from Highway 99W north and is bordered on Villa Road to the west. Those considering running for either election or appointment to the council spot should call City Recorder Sue Ryan at 503-537-1283 or email her at HYPERLINK "mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

"Newberg needs someone in the District 5 seat who will be able to do the work without just looking at the politics or thinking about glory," Piros said. "Newberg faces some big issues in the coming months, and I hope the person who replaces me will be someone with the mindset of being inclusive and looking out for everyone who lives in Newberg."

Denise Bacon is the sole individual with much experience and institutional memory on the council; she was elected to the District 3 spot in December 2008. The remaining councilors — Elise Yarnell Hollamon (District 1), Stephanie Findley (District 6) and Julia Martinez Plancarte (District 2) — each have less than two years of experience piloting the city's primary governing body.

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