Three vie for Tigard mayor seat
Tigard residents will get to choose from a lineup of three candidates for the November election to become the next mayor of Tigard.
Heidi Lueb, current president of the Tigard City Council; Nick Hess, a local businessman who most recently ran for Oregon governor; and John Goodhouse, a longtime member of the Tigard City Council and a Main Street business owner, have all filed for the Nov. 8 election.
On Aug, 3, Goodhouse became the final candidate to file for the seat. The position formally closed Monday.
A lifelong Tigard resident, Goodhouse has been a member of the City Council since 2014, serving as council president from 2019 through 2021. He announced last summer that he would run against Mayor Jason Snider on a platform of focusing on "Tigard's future growth, the need for innovation, family-wage jobs, affordable housing (and) transportation infrastructure."
"Most of all," Goodhouse added, he wants to "listen and respond to the needs of the community."
While Snider had originally announced he would run for reelection, the Tigard City Council in April determined he would need at least a two-year break in his service not to be subject to a consecutive-years limit, according to officials' interpretation of the city charter. City officials also determined Snider couldn't run for only a partial two-year term. Therefore, his term as mayor will end on Dec. 31.
This year's race is slightly less crowded than the 2018 lineup for mayor, which drew four candidates.
The Nov. 8 election also includes a race for Tigard City Council.
So far, city volunteers Jai Raj Singh and Yi-Kang Hu have filed for the two open council seats, each applying for four-year terms, as has Tom Anderson, a former Tigard city councilor and Metro Council candidate.
Maureen Wolf, a former member of the Tigard-Tualatin School District's school board, has filed for a two-year term for a position that fills out the remaining two years Council President Lueb has left on her term.
Under the council's charter, Lueb was required to relinquish the remaining time on her council seat when she applied for mayor. The council agreed to fill Lueb's seat at the Nov. 8 election.
Deadline for applying for a council seat is Aug. 25.
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