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If numbers hold, a resident could serve for eight years on city council and an equal number as mayor

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF TUALATIN - A measure that would allow residents to serve eight years as a city council member and another as mayor was passing Wednesday evening.A measure that would change the city charter to allow Tualatin residents to serve up to eight years on the City Council and another eight as mayor has a clear lead.

According to early election returns, Measure 34-309 was ahead 55.11% to 44.89%.

The measure changes current charter language that states no one can serve as mayor, a city councilor or a combination of both offices for more than 12 years in a 20-year period.

Passage directly affects Mayor Frank Bubenik, who has served eight years as a city councilor before being elected mayor for four years beginning in 2018.

If numbers hold, the measure to modify mayoral term limits in certain circumstances will amend a term-limit measure approved by voters in 2016. That measure prevented then-Mayor Lou Ogden, who had served as mayor since 1993, from running again.

Supporters of the measure include Attorney Robert E. Kellogg, who supported the term limits measure in 2016 and served on the Tualatin City Council from 2017 to 2021.

Kellogg, who serves as treasurer on the Yes on 34-309 campaign, previously said he felt that the measure did not overturn the previous term-limit measure, rather it provided a "narrow but significant improvement to the existing term limits policy."

"It looks pretty good," Bubenik said Wednesday evening as he watched returns come in.

He said he was optimistic the measure would pass if numbers remained strong from the small portion of the city that's in Clackamas County.

Bubenik said he will run again for mayor, something he's looking forward to, adding he's happy that voters realize the importance of experience when it comes to elected officials.

The version of this story includes added comments from Tualatin Mayor Frank Bubenik.

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