Tigard voters will elect three councilors this year, not two
With the Tigard City Council president running for mayor, Tigard voters will be electing four people to the council this fall — including three city councilors, rather than the customary two.
There are five voting members of the Tigard City Council, including the mayor. In Tigard, like in most Oregon cities, the mayor is the presiding officer of the council, while an appointed city manager handles the day-to-day supervision of city staff and makes hiring decisions.
Heidi Lueb filed for mayor on July 13 — the first candidate to officially do so, although John Goodhouse has also said he is running.
Lueb's council term runs through 2024. However, Tigard has an unusual rule requiring council members to resign their seat in order to run for mayor, even if they would otherwise be eligible to continue serving.
Rather than task the remaining council members with appointing Lueb's replacement, the council agreed Tuesday, July 19, to hold a special election to fill out the remaining two years of her term.
That special election will coincide with the general election — so voters will elect two candidates to four-year council terms and one candidate to a two-year term, in addition to electing a mayor.
Goodhouse and Councilor Liz Newton are not running for re-election to their council seats, meaning Tigard will have at least three new faces on the City Council come next January.
Appointed to the council in 2019, Lueb was elected to her seat in 2020, having served as council president since January 2021.
She said she was excited to be running, noting that the decisions made by the council and mayor have direct impacts on the lives of Tigard residents.
"I'm ready for that challenge," Lueb wrote in an email. "I want to focus on Tigard's vision of being an equitable community that is walkable, healthy and accessible for everyone.
Lueb has a bachelor's of science degree in accounting and political science from the University of Oregon, as well as a master's degree in kinesiology from Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas.
She works as head of finance at Thesis, a Portland-based digital agency and also spends time as a triathlon coach.
In order to run for City Council, Lueb had to formally resign her seat effective Dec. 31, something required — win or lose — by the city charter.
On Tuesday night, the Tigard City Council agreed to place her position, which has two more years left on it, on the November ballot.
Meanwhile, two candidates — Jai Raj Singh and Yi-Kang Hu — have filed for seats on the council. Both filed for the four-year vacancies being left by Goodhouse and Newton.
Tigard council seat filing is open until Aug. 25. The deadline to apply for mayor is Aug. 8.
(This story was updated to correct the deadlines of filing for mayor and the city council.)
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