Four Sherwood seats ready, four candidates willing
Four Sherwood residents — three of whom already have council experience — have filed for seats in a four-way race for the Sherwood City Council.
They include Taylor Giles, Keith Mays, Doug Scott and Dan Standke.
Giles was appointed to the Sherwood City Council earlier this year, filling out the remaining term of Councilor Russell Griffin, who stepped down to spend more time with his family. Scott was first elected to the council in November 2017.
Earlier this summer, Mayor Keith Mays announced he would not run for an eighth term as mayor, instead choosing to run for councilor.
In turn, Council President Tim Rosener filed to run for mayor and is the lone candidate following closure of the application process on Aug. 30 for both council and mayor positions. Rosener has served as council president for the last five years.
The lone newcomer in the upcoming election will be Standke, a custom cabinet maker.
Last month, Sean Garland submitted a letter to the council stating he would resign with roughly two years left on his term, allowing for the four-way race.
Sherwood's charter calls for the candidate with the fewest number of votes in the election to fill the remainder of Garland's term, which expires Jan. 1, 2025. The other councilors-elect will serve full four-year terms.
Garland, a Sherwood city councilor since 2016, said he thoroughly enjoyed his time serving on the council — he was elected twice — and felt that he "gained the trust of my neighbors to make important decisions on their behalf."
"However, after weighing the demands of my full-time job with the State of Oregon, and my desire to be a good husband and father, I decided that I needed to make a change to my work/life balance," Garland wrote in an email. "I did not feel as though I would be able to provide the level of commitment to the role that is required, so I decided to step aside so that another member of our community can step in and lead the way."
Garland said he's proud of the accomplishments he made while serving on the council, calling Sherwood the best city in the state and saying he was happy to play a small part in representing it.
"I made a conscious effort to be a voice for those in our community who have historically been underrepresented on council and have tried to be a vocal ally for groups who continue to be marginalized or discriminated against," he wrote.
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