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McCarthy of Bolton NA enters race for mayor; Tom Meier and Leslie Hwa running for council; Zezini withdraws

PMG FILE PHOTO - The filing deadline for West Linn City Council candidates is Aug. 25.Just one day before the filing deadline, three more candidates have jumped into races for West Linn City Council positions.

After council candidate Alan Zezini withdrew Monday, Aug. 24, the total number of candidates vying for two city council positions and the mayor's seat is 14.

West Linn citizen Robert E. McCarthy filed for the mayor's race, in which he will face Andrew Mallory, Jules Walters and Rich Sakelik. McCarthy is president of the Bolton Neighborhood Association.

"I have been involved in West Linn government for a long time and I have watched a pattern emerge and that pattern is one of an unhealthy organization," McCarthy said. "I've spent more than 30 years as a third-party change agent and I've helped in situations like ours to resolve dysfunction and conflict."

Leslie Hwa and Tom Meier entered the race for the two open council seats.

Over the past few years, Meier has been a major proponent of the sport of pickleball in West Linn. He has also been a vocal critic of staff at the Parks and Recreation Department, as well as the management of former City Manager Eileen Stein. Meier is vice president of the Parker Crest Neighborhood Association.

"I've worked with the parks department for the last almost three years and the incompetence and lack of professionalism overwhelmed me to the point where I had to step in and at least throw my hat into the ring and offer a possibility of relief from the tremendous inefficiencies that I see in the city government," Meier said.

Hwa did not immediately return a request for comment.


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