Monahan seeking mayor's position in November
A third Tigard mayoral candidate has officially thrown her hat in the ring for a bid to replace retiring Mayor John Cook.
Linda S. Monahan is seeking the four-year-term seat, joining two City Council members seeking the same position — Jason Snider and Marc Woodard — in the November election.
All three have filed the needed paperwork, which includes a $50 fee and collecting signatures from 20 Tigard residents.
"I am seeking the office of Mayor, City of Tigard because a change in leadership and an outsider's point of view is sorely needed to meet the challenges of this growing city," said Monahan, who retired from Portland Community College's Human Resources, adjunct faculty, in 2013. "I lead by listening, cultivating different perspectives and making informed decisions. My focus in on re-prioritizing spending, keeping the library open 7 days a week and giving women a voice in the leadership of the city."
(The current Tigard City Council is composed of all men and there is only one female mayor in Washington County.)
Monahan has served on the Tigard Library Board off and on since 1987 and is a former president of the Tigard Library Foundation. She holds a master's degree in public administration and has 30 years of experience in local government and education.
A Tigard resident since 1983, she is the wife of former Tigard and Milwaukie city manager Bill Monahan.
Meanwhile, two potential candidates have taken out paperwork but not completed it for a Tigard City Council seat. They are incumbent Councilor John Goodhouse and Liz Newton, former Tigard assistant city manager. Mayor Cook, whose term is up Dec. 31, is moving outside the city limits.
The deadline to file for the mayor's seat is July 30; council filings are due by Aug. 20.