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Heidi Lueb, current Tigard City Council president, has already filed for mayor.

COURTESY PHOTO - HESSNick Hess, a local businessman who most recently ran for Oregon governor, has announced plans to file to run for Tigard mayor.

"Tigard is my home. For the past 12 years, I have raised my family here. My son attends school here. And in Tigard, I have started three thriving businesses," stated a press release from his campaign.

Hess, who ran unsuccessfully in the Republican primary for governor runs SureTec IT, SureTel and Cookin' Class.

He said he believes that the Tigard City Council has let residents down.

"They have failed the first rule of leadership, which is: to do the most good for the greatest number of people. They have foregone the needs of the Tigard residents they represent in order to push their own agenda and to maintain the status quo," Hess stated.

Hess, a cybersecurity expert, said he has a different way to solve the homeless crisis and keep streets safe but did not mention specifics.

During his gubernatorial campaign, Hess told Oregon Public Broadcasting, a Pamplin Media Group news partner, that homelessness was one of the biggest challenges facing the state, stating: "Clear metrics for success must be established before money is handed out."

He said at the time that one way to address the problem is to change certificate of need guidelines established by the Oregon Health Authority in an effort to create more mental health and drug rehabilitation facilities. He also advocated for tracking available shelter beds in real-time with web-based applications.

Hess received about 1.1% of the vote in the crowded Republican primary, which was won by former state Rep. Christine Drazan.

Once he files, Hess will join Tigard City Council President Heidi Lueb in seeking the mayor's seat. Councilor John Goodhouse has also said he will apply for the seat. The deadline to file is Monday, Aug. 8.


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