Goodhouse to challenge Snider in Tigard mayor race
John Goodhouse, who has served on the Tigard City Council since 2014, has announced he will challenge Mayor Jason Snider in the 2022 election.
Goodhouse announced plans to go up against Snider, who acknowledged the day before that he plans to run for reelection, Friday evening.
"During the pandemic, I tirelessly advocated and fought for Tigard businesses and residents both at the state and federal level," Goodhouse wrote in an email. "I am running for Tigard mayor to continue this support for our residents and businesses."
Goodhouse, who owns John Goodhouse Independent Insurance Agency in Lake Oswego, also added, "Tigard businesses and residents need a mayor who will recognize Tigard's future growth, the need for innovation, equitable jobs and housing and transportation infrastructure."
(Term limits for council members are eight years, meaning that if Goodhouse wants to continue to be active in council affairs, he has to run for mayor.)
A lifelong Tigard resident and father of three children, Goodhouse previously served as president of the Tigard City Council for two years.
On Thursday, Snider told viewers of his monthly Fireside Chat that he will seek a second term in response to a resident's question.
In a news release, Snider wrote that he is proud of what has been accomplished during his tenure including passage of a police services levy in May 2020 as well as the recent approval by city voters of an urban renewal plan expansion for the downtown area.
Snider also listed his significant support for businesses and residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and establishing a Tigard Public Safety Advisory Board as major accomplishments during his time as mayor. That board was formed following community input and discussions after George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin in May 2020.
"The people of Tigard deserve some consistency and certainty after the pandemic chaos of the last 16 months," Snider wrote.
His endorsements include Washington County Chair Kathryn Harrington and Washington County Commissioner Roy Rogers along with Tigard City Council President Heidi Lueb and Councilor Liz Newton, former Oregon House Rep. Margaret Doherty and area mayors.
Before being elected mayor in 2018, Snider served on the Tigard City Council from 2013 to 2018 and was council president from 2014 to 2018.
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