Brouse wins seat on Sherwood City Council
(This story has been updated to reflect more recent election figures and extra comments made by Renee Brouse.)Sherwood resident Renee Brouse has won a seat in a 5-way race to become the city's newest City Council member. Brouse had 50.71 percent of the vote compared to the next closest contender, Russell Griffin, who collected 20.45 percent in a quest to replace Dan King, who resigned his seat last summer after announcing he was moving out of the city.
This isn't Brouse's first time on the council. She won a tight race in May 2015, running against Alan Pearson, a retired political science professor who later served on the Sherwood Planning Commission.
Brouse will serve for the duration of the time King had left on his seat, which expires Dec. 31, 2020.
The longtime executive director of the Sherwood YMCA, Brouse now serves as executive director at Tigard's Good Neighbor Center.
"I'm really happy," she said during a celebratory gathering at Clancy's bar and grill. "I'm excited to get back into the scene if that's the way it turns out."
She said she was looking forward to working beside the other members of the council "and rebuilding trust in Sherwood."
Asked if she believes the recent controversy pertaining to an initial decision — and later withdrawl — by the City Council to seek a contract with an outside recreation services company to provide services currently supplied by the YMCA may have garnered her support, she said she didn't know.
"I spent a lot of time at the 'Y'" said Brouse. "There are a lot of people who want me back (there)."
In addition to Brouse and Griffin, Michael Conn, Burt "Moonbeam" Mooney and Doug Scout also ran in the race.
King's seat is the first to be filled, following the resignation of the mayor and an October election that recalled City Council members Sally Robinson and Jennifer Harrison. Those seats will be filled during an election in March.
In addition to spending more than 10 years as executive director of the Sherwood YMCA, Brouse has also been involved with the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Sherwood and the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life for more than a decade.