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If no candidates declare to fill Council President Jeremy Pietzold's seat, Council will appoint

PMG FILE PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - The deadline to file a completed petition to the Sandy city recorder is 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22.The November 2022 election is only three months away and so far those seeking re-election to Sandy City Council are Mayor Stan Pulliam and City Councilors Laurie Smallwood (Position No. 2) and Carl Exner (Position No. 5). Council President Jeremy Pietzold's Position No. 1 term is also up, though he said after more than a decade of service to the city, he's hoping to focus more of his time on his family.

"Mainly, it's just for my kids, my family (that I'm not running again)," Pietzold said. "I started, this will be my 16th year, and I did two years on planning commission before that and SandyNet the whole way before that. My kids are now going into high school, and I just want to spend time with them more. Their entire lives I've been on Council, and I've loved every minute of it. It's been a hard decision for sure."

If no one files to run for Pietzold's seat, the Council will have to advertise the vacancy, facilitate interviews and appoint someone to fill the seat. Though appointments have been made in the past, it has typically occurred because of early resignation of a serving councilor.

When discussing his run for re-election, Exner urged community members of Sandy to remain or get engaged.

"This is a time to stay involved," he said. "Don't back off. I want to hear what people are thinking."

The filing period began on June 1, and the deadline to file a completed petition to the city recorder is 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22. Completed petitions can be sent to the city recorder as early as Wednesday, Aug. 10 for verification. The deadline to submit a statement for the voters' pamphlet to the Clackamas County Elections Office is Sept. 1. Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.

More information about the upcoming city of Sandy elections can be found online.

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