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I've lived in Woodburn many years, since the population of Woodburn was 2000. In our community,

I was surrounded by a Circle of Spiritual Mothers, all of whom contributed to my upbringing, including Marie Gamroth, Marge Lonergan, Marilyn Paradis, Adele Serres, Liz Glatt, Hazel Smith, Lyle Eichsteadt, Lou Jane Cornwell, Lois Miller et al. Their spouses were men of character and integrity: Joe Gamroth, Frank Lonergan Sr., Lawrence Paradis, Joe Serres, Ray Glatt, Killian Smith, Harold Eichsteadt, Charlie Cornwell, Harold Wolfer, Dennis Miller et al. These were people rooted in our community, neighbors, friends as were the Baumans, the Iversons, the Flomers, the Haeners — four-generation family businesses. These were people from The Greatest Generation—people of character and integrity, rooted in our community with its best interests and work ethic at heart. These are the people who raised Frank Lonergan, Jr. and he has those traits of character and integrity and the best interests of our community in his heart. That's why I'm voting for him. The deeper the roots, the better the fruits.

Kay McEwen


I spent about 16 years on the City Council and am now retired. Most of the time Frank Lonergan was on the Council with me. I have the highest regard for Frank, both personally and as a Council member. He is smart and will absolutely look out for the best interests of the city as distinguished from his own interests.

James Cox


Woodburn is experiencing record growth in both business and housing. While this growth is needed, it requires a mayor who knows Woodburn and can lead the city through the related challenges.

Frank Lonergan has answered the call to serve and is running for mayor of Woodburn. He is a seasoned businessman, having recently retired as division manager of Republic Services. He is a life-long Woodburn resident who is well known as an ethical and involved neighbor. He has a 25-year history of volunteer service for the City. He served 12 years on the city council, including several years as council president.

Prior to his years on the council, Lonergan served on the planning commission, budget committee, and parks board.

Lonergan was instrumental in many of the decisions that influenced Woodburn's current growth, including the I-5 Interchange Project and the Woodburn Urban Growth Boundary Expansion. He has the professional background and leadership skills needed to be successful as mayor.

I am voting for Frank and encourage Woodburn residents to support him.

Sharon Corning


Frank Lonergan, a life-long resident of Woodburn, is running for Mayor. He has served on the Park Board, the Planning Commission, the Urban Renewal Board, the Budget Committee and on the City Council including as President of the City Council.

During his time as City Council President: Woodburn's urban growth boundaries were increased; the I-5 interchange and Highway 214 were expanded; and Woodburn's financial stability was ensured through implementation of sustainable practices.

Frank's goals for the city include: prioritizing quality affordable housing; building bridges to our ethnic communities and promoting diversity and representation across city government; seeking higher paying jobs; strengthening police visibility and assisting in Woodburn Fire District growth (he has been and is a strong advocate for public safety). He knows that public safety should always be the number one goal of government, including city government.

He has served the community in many capacities and is a past president of the Woodburn Downtown Association, past president of the Woodburn Youth Ball Association and scoutmaster of Boy Scout troop #691. He was honored as Woodburn's Junior First Citizen in 1987 and as Woodburn's Senior First Citizen in 2018.

Frank Lonergan is a man who is truly prepared and qualified to serve as mayor of our city.

Lucien Klein


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