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The Hillsboro resident and current deputy council president represents parts of Washington County.

FILE PHOTO - Juan Carlos GonzalezJuan Carlos González announced Thursday, Oct. 7, he is running for re-election to represent much of urban Washington County on the Metro Council.

The three-county regional government manages a wide range of infrastructure projects, including a recent $650 million housing bond and $475 million parks and nature bond.

In August, González was the lone vote against approving state plans to expand both Oregon Highway 217 and Interstate 205, stating he will no longer support "fossil fuel highway projects" until the state invests in "restorative and environmental justice."

González became the first Latino and Mexican American elected to the council in 2018, as well as the youngest Metro councilor ever elected. At the time, he was 25.

The next election for the District 4 seat is set for May 2022.

"Disparities and inequalities continue to leave folks on the outskirts of economic prosperity, wealth building and the democratic process," González said in a news release. "There is still more important work to do at Metro. I am running for re-election to be bold and work together to bring solutions."

González grew up in the Cornelius area and now lives in Beaverton.

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