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Youngest public official in Oregon says he was swayed by others on commission who resigned or took leave of absence.

Oregon City Commissioner Adam Marl filed to run in the November election to continue serving in the position, having originally stated his intention not to run upon his appointment to the City Commission in spring 2021.

Marl, 22, who is Oregon's youngest public official and the former campaign manager of the successful 2020 mayoral recall effort, announced Aug. 29 that the changing political dynamics on the commission have changed his mind about seeking election to the office.

He "decided that the need for stability in city leadership is not yet over" considering former Mayor Rachel Lyles Smith's resignation earlier this year and Commissioner Frank O'Donnell's current leave of absence.

"When I sought appointment to the city commission last year, it was with the intention of providing stability during a tumultuous time for our city," Marl said. "We had just recalled our mayor, elected a new one and were preparing to fill a vacant commission position."

Marl supported the successful passage of a new way for Oregon City voters to elect city commissioners this year. During the primary election in May, about 63% of voters approved Measure 3-583 to eliminate commissioner position numbers and instead create a system where all city commission candidates run in the same race. PMG PHOTO: KATE CUADRADO - Councilors Rory Bialostosky, left, and Mary Baumgardner of West Linn, right, with Denyse McGriff and Adam Marl of the Oregon City Commission wore matching shirts to protest the ODOT groundbreaking.

For the first time in decades, starting this November, voters will select their top two candidates. Oregon City has always elected two candidates for four-year terms every two years, but now the two candidates who receive the most votes will be elected.

"It would be an honor to continue serving the community that has given me so much," Marl said. "As the leading voice on the commission fighting back against ODOT's unfair tolling scheme, an advocate for strong public safety, and a lifelong resident of Oregon City concerned with affordability, I believe I am uniquely equipped to continue serving our community on the City Commission."Adam Marl

Marl's list of initial endorsements include:

• Oregon City Mayor-elect Denyse McGriff

• Oregon City Commissioners Rocky Smith and Frank O'Donnell

• Former Oregon City Mayors Rachel Lyles Smith, Alice Norris, Dan Fowler and John Williams

• Oregon City Planning Commissioners Mike Mitchell and Bob La Salle

• Oregon City School Board Director Michele Stroh

• Clackamas County Commissioners Martha Schrader, Paul Savas and Sonya Fischer

• Metro Councilor Christine Lewis

• State Sen. Bill Kennemer

• Former Clackamas County Commissioner and Oregon House Majority Leader Ed Lindquist

• West Linn City Councilors Rory Bialostosky and Mary Baumgardner

• Brandi Johnson, homeless services advocate and citizen of Oregon City.

A previous version of this article online earlier on Aug. 29 identified Johnson as the executive director of a nonprofit organization that is not making political endorsements. Johnson made the endorsement as a private citizen.


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