Two seek Tigard council seat, council mulls replacement strategy
Two candidates have thrown their hats into the ring for a seat on the Tigard City Council in the November election.
John Goodhouse, a current council member since 2014, and Liz Newton, a former Tigard assistant city manager, have both officially filed for the position.
"I'm running for re-election as I believe in transparency and communication with Tigard's residents," said Goodhouse. "Tigard needs a strong leader who not only listens to the needs of the community but takes action. I have made it a point during my first term on the council to be active in the community and listen to residents' needs. Tigard is a changing city with many moving parts, I take great pride in meeting with residents regularly to discuss the current and upcoming changes taking place around them."
A Tigard resident for 43 years, Goodhouse works as an independent insurance agent and owner of that company.
An almost 15-year resident of Tigard, Newton worked for the city for 37 years. She served as assistant city manager from 2005 until her retirement in 2017.
"I'm running for council because I have always enjoyed connecting with the community and, as the city faces the prospect of deeper budget cuts in 2019, I believe it is important to have conversations with the community to determine the services it values most so they can be funded first," said Newton.
Meanwhile, the Tigard City Council is mulling how to fill the seat of Councilor Jason Snider who retired earlier this month in order to run for the mayor's seat as required under Tigard City Charter. Snider has two years left on his term and the charter states he can't be a candidate because it would be concurrent with his remaining time in office.
While Councilor Marc Woodard also is running for mayor, he does not have to resign his council seat to run since his term is finished at the end of the year.
During a work session Tuesday, council members were presented with several options to fill Snider's seat once his resignation becomes effective on Dec. 27.
Those include holding a special election (which would be charged to the city), letting voters choose a winner during the November general election or possibly appointing someone in the interim to that seat. While the charter doesn't specify how long a council appointment can be made until an election, past councils haven't let anyone remain in an appointed position for more than a year, according to a memo from the city's attorney.
Mayor John Cook, who is planning to move outside the city and recently announced he won't seek another term because of that, said he would not be in favor of a special election.
"I don't think the city should pay for a special election," he said. "I actually favor going for an appointment."
No decisions can be made in a work session and the issue will be taken up again at a July 17 workshop where the council will seek comments from the public.
The deadline to file for mayor is July 30; council deadline is Aug. 20.