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Groner is a retired computer scientist who has lived in West Linn for two years

COURTESY PHOTO: LEO GRONER - Leo Groner has filed to run for West Linn City Council. Retired computer scientist Leo Groner has joined current City Councilor Bill Relyea as the second candidate for two open seats on the West Linn City Council.

Groner, who moved to West Linn two years ago from Hayward, California, said he worked for IBM for 31 years as well as a few Silicon Valley start-ups, and also spent several years teaching computer science and physics.

As for previous community and political activity, Groner said he is an active member of the Sierra Club, an environmental advocacy organization, and the Clackamas County Democratic Party (West Linn City Council is a non-partisan position).

Asked about his priorities, Groner said he's interested in preserving the city's parks.

"I'd like to contribute to my community. I live here and I want to be involved with it. I want to see if I can make it a better place," he said. "My decision to run was kind of spur of the moment, so I haven't really thought through my entire platform."

Two seats on the West Linn City Council are up for grabs in the Nov. 8 general election. Interested candidates must file by Sept. 6.

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