Sherwood's Mays won't seek eight term as mayor
After seven terms as mayor, Sherwood Mayor Keith Mays says he will not run for the position again in November, instead choosing to run for a seat on the Sherwood City Council.
Mays announced his plans in a recent opinion piece sent to the Sherwood Gazette.
"One of my goals from 2018 wasn't public: I intended to find/support a person to be my potential successor as mayor," Mays writes in his opinion piece. "Make no mistake, I love being mayor, but I knew the time commitment was significant, and I have businesses to run."
Mays' tenure as mayor — served in non-consecutive stints — makes him the longest-serving Sherwood mayor in at least the last two decades, according to city officials.
Mays said he's stepping back because he needs to manage his work time.
In a phone call Friday, July 29, Mays said that before deciding not to run again, he wanted to find someone he could support to succeed him.
For him, that person is Sherwood City Council President Tim Rosener.
"In working with Tim, I think he would do a great job, and he's interested, and we worked closely the last couple of years, so I understand how his mind works and his focus on the community and from my side," Mays said. "I asked him to do it, and he said 'yes,' and he asked me to stay at least run for City Council so I could step back and not have as many hours on the job."
Mays admitted it would be a little unusual to go from serving as mayor to being a city councilor, but he said he believes it's about the having the right team, and he believes he and the current council work well together.
Rosener said that if elected, he'll have big shoes to fill.
"I am excited to have this opportunity to run for mayor and serve our fantastic community," Rosener told Pamplin Media Group. "As council president, over the last five years, I have had the incredible opportunity to work with Mayor Mays and benefit from his decades of experience and knowledge. I am grateful that he has chosen to run for a council seat and look forward to having his wisdom and guidance as we work to make Sherwood a great community for our residents."
Rosener said he plans to officially file for mayor sometime early this week.
Mays said one of the things he's pleased with during his most recent tenure is helping move forward the city's plans to build a pedestrian bridge across Highway 99W near the Sherwood Family YMCA. That project is currently in the design stage. Officials hope it will go to bid by the end of this year.
Originally elected in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010, Mays ran again in 2018 and 2020, after the resignation of former mayor Krisanna Clark-Endicott, who is now a city councilor in Redmond.
Mays is president and owner of EWS North America, a Beaverton-headquartered business that sells quality control measuring systems for the engineered wood panel market — companies that produce manufactured wood products such as plywood and particle board.
Sherwood's mayor is elected on a two-year cycle. While that's a timeframe shared by neighboring cities such as King City and Durham, both Tigard and Tualatin mayors are elected to four-year terms.
In addition to the Sherwood mayor's seat expiring on Dec. 31, so too do Sherwood City Council seats held by Rosener, Doug Scott and Taylor Giles.
Giles was appointed to the council in March to fill the remaining term of Russell Griffin, who resigned in February to spend more time with his family.
The filing deadline for both Sherwood mayor and council seats is 5 p.m. Aug. 30.
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