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The May 18 special election for a West Linn City Council seat will be uncontested

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - BRIAWest Linn City Council candidate Kim Bria announced March 25 she would withdraw from May's race for a two-year position on the council, leaving the election open for Todd Jones to take the seat.

The council position up for grabs was vacated by Jules Walters when she assumed the mayor's office in January.

In February, Jones was appointed by the council to fill the open seat until the community voted on the position in May.

Bria, who is involved in the community in several other capacities — Transportation and Sustainability advisory boards, West Linn Garden Club, West Linn Chamber of Commerce, Historic Willamette Main Street — said she was withdrawing to focus on other career choices, but would stick with her other roles in the community.

Bria narrowly lost out on a council seat in November.

"Through this campaign I got even more involved in the community," she said. "I was on the TAB and SAB when this started, and I'm also self-employed, so I was involved in the Historic Main Street. ... I since joined the board because I've got a strong background in economic development as well, and then I joined the Chamber when they invited me."

Bria said with several large projects in the works, specifically tolling I-205, now is the time for more residents to become involved in community discussions and decisions that could impact West Linn for years to come.

"I gave it (withdrawing from the election) some thought and it's a long process, starting from last year and going through all these rounds," Bria said.

Because Bria withdrew after the official deadline, her name will still appear on the ballot, which will be mailed to voters April 28.


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