Former Tigard-Tualatin school board member files for council
A former school board member for the Tigard-Tualatin School District is the latest to throw her hat in the ring for a seat on the Tigard City Council.
Maureen Wolf, who spent more than a decade on the Tigard-Tualatin School Board, is the third candidate to declare her candidacy for a seat in the November election.
"I understand governance in a public system and the critical nature of community engagement within the decision-making process," wrote Wolf, who served on the school board from 2009 through 2021, in an email this week. "I understand the role of a board or council is to hire an excellent CEO (whether that is a city manager or superintendent), approve the budget, set strategic direction and goals, and adopt meaningful policies that further the vision and the mission of the organization. I understand deeply that what is funded in a budget says a lot about the priorities."
Wolf served as a president of the Oregon School Boards Association in 2021 and has been a member since 2014. She currently serves on the Northwest Regional Education Service District's board of directors as well.
In addition, she co-founded Packed with Pride, a nonprofit that ensures Tigard-Tualatin families have a reliable food source when school buildings are closed. That organization got going in 2020, during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wolf said she agrees that Tigard should be a welcoming, walkable, affordable city with safe neighborhoods that provide easy access to parks as well as reasonable commutes to work and local businesses.
Issues facing the city, said Wolf, include ensuring Tigard has accessible and affordable housing.
"According to the City of Tigard data, the city has a vacancy rate of 3.4 percent in homes for purchase and rent," she wrote. "Additionally, the City of Tigard shows that 28 percent of our residents are rent burdened, meaning more than 50 percent of their income goes to rent."
She noted that she supports Tigard's public safety advisory board, a city board formed in 2020 to review Tigard Police Department public safety practices and make recommendations to its police chief. Those recommendations have included requiring all officers to wear body-worn cameras, as well as forming a mental health response team.
"These items, plus additional staffing resources must be reviewed for effectiveness and supported," said Wolf.
Finally, she noted that Tigard has issues with traffic congestion. She said multiple modes of transportation should be made available to commuters, especially in light of voters' decision not to support Metro's Measure 26-218, an extensive transportation package that would have funded the proposed Southwest Corridor light rail project.
"As a new council member, I would want to understand the interests of our local employers and citizens, understand the key users of (Highway) 99W … and build new options to reduce congestion," she said.
The deadline to apply for a council seat is Aug. 25.
So far, two other Tigard residents have filed for City Council seats: Jai Raj Singh and Yi-Kang Hu.
Singh works for an agency that promotes intercultural justice throughout Oregon.
Hu is a Tigard planning commissioner, lawyer and business owner.
Since Heidi Lueb filed for a mayoral seat, she has resigned her seat on the Tigard City Council effective Dec. 31.
To fill Lueb's seat, a special election will be held, which coincides with the Nov. 8 election. At that time, voters will elect two candidates to four-year council terms and one candidate to a two-year term, the latter filling the remaining time left on Lueb's term.
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