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Tualatin Mayor Frank Bubenik is backed by nearly the entire City Council and many fellow mayors, among others.

PMG PHOTO: RAY PITZ - Tualatin Mayor Frank Bubenik, right, chats with Hillsboro Mayor Steve Callaway, left, and Forest Grove Mayor Pete Truax, center, at a Westside Economic Alliance forum last month. Callaway and Truax have both endorsed Bubenik for a second term as mayor.Confirming plans to run for a second term after Tualatin city voters approved a change to the city's term limits, Tualatin Mayor Frank Bubenik announced a significant slate of endorsements Thursday, June 23.

Bubenik was elected mayor in 2018. At the time, it appeared likely he would only be able to serve a single term, having served two terms as a city councilor; Tualatin voters approved a ballot measure in 2016 that limited residents to serving no more than 12 years in a 20-year period on the Tualatin City Council.

With the passage of Ballot Measure 34-309 last month, however, a person can now serve up to two terms as a city councilor plus two terms as a mayor in that 20-year period. That means Bubenik can serve another four years, provided voters re-elect him in November.

An array of prominent local officials think voters ought to do just that.

Most of Washington County's mayors are listed among Bubenik's "initial endorsers," which his campaign announced Thursday. They include Jason Snider of Tigard, Keith Mays of Sherwood, Jaimie Fender of King City, and Gery Schirado of Durham, as well as mayors from further afield: Hillsboro's Steve Callaway, Forest Grove's Pete Truax, Cornelius' Jef Dalin and North Plains' Teri Lenahan.

Bubenik is also endorsed by five of six city councilors in Tualatin: Bridget Brooks, Nancy Grimes, Valerie Pratt, Maria Reyes and Christen Sacco.

Roy Rogers, a former Tualatin mayor who has served since 1985 as a Washington County commissioner, has endorsed Bubenik for re-election as well. So have Tualatin's state legislators, Sen. Rob Wagner and Rep. Rachel Prusak.

Other notable backers include Ben Bowman, chair of the Tigard-Tualatin School District's board of directors and a candidate for the Oregon House; Beach Pace, a Hillsboro city councilor who ran unsuccessfully this spring for Washington County chair; and Pam Treece and Paul Savas, commissioners for Washington and Clackamas counties, respectively.

A U.S. Army veteran and small business owner, Bubenik listed his work to plan the Tualatin Veterans Memorial and support businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic among his proudest achievements as mayor.

He also mentioned Tualatin's participation in setting up an interagency Mental Health Response Team; improving the area's roads, sidewalks and public transit; and addressing Tualatin's housing needs, a perennial issue in the region.

Bubenik told Pamplin Media Group last month that with voters approving the term limits tweak, he intended to run for re-election.

"The residents of Tualatin recognize the value of experience and have voted to amend the city charter which will allow me to run for a second term," said Bubenik in a statement confirming those plans Thursday. "The last couple of years have been challenging with COVID-19, wildfires, ice storms and social unrest, but I remain committed to Tualatin residents and businesses in continuing the progress the city has made."


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