Over before it starts? WL council race looks to be a slam-dunk
Campaign season will be quieter than usual in West Linn, as just two candidates filed for the two open City Council spots.
The City's filing deadline officially passed at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, leaving Jules Walters and Bill Relyea as the only candidates in the race to fill spots that will be vacated by City Council President Brenda Perry and City Councilor Bob Martin.
Perry announced in May that she would not seek a second term due to her desire to travel more in retirement and visit with grandchildren. Martin recently announced that he, too, would not seek a second term, citing health issues that he believed were related to the stress of the position.
Martin and Perry's four-year terms expire Dec. 31, 2018.
Walters, an 11-year resident of West Linn, was the first to file for City Council in early July. She and her husband have four children who have or are currently attending West Linn schools, and she is the current president of the West Linn-Wilsonville Education Foundation.
Relyea, a current West Linn planning commissioner, officially joined the race Aug. 15. He and his family moved to West Linn in 2002, and he has been president of the Parker Crest Neighborhood Association for 12 years.
The general election is set for Nov. 6. The deadline for voter registration in Clackamas County is Oct. 16, and ballots will be mailed Oct. 17.