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Scott Erwin, who has served two years on planning commission, is the third candidate to file.

COURTESY PHOTO: SCOTT ERWIN - ERWINPlanning Commissioner Scott Erwin filed a candidate application with the city of West Linn Sept. 1, joining Bill Relyea and Leo Groner in a race for two seats on the West Linn City Council.

Erwin, who has a background in employment law and worked for the state of Oregon for nearly a decade, joined the West Linn Planning Commission in December 2020. Erwin also serves on the city's Historic Review Board and, according to his LinkedIn page, the Precinct Committee for the Democratic Party of Oregon (city council positions are nonpartisan).

Already a member of two advisory groups, Erwin said City Council felt like a natural next step.

"It was apparent to me that a lot of people weren't running for City Council this year and we have two seats opening up and there was only one councilor running for reelection," he said. "I thought it was kind of a thin field and I've been building up to running for City Council."

As a father of two kids, Erwin said he'd like to support West Linn's schools. He also mentioned wanting to bolster the city's tree canopy after the 2021 ice storm and ensure fiscal responsibility at City Hall.

"Money is limited and there are definitely more demands than we have funds for, and we need to do everything we can to make sure we're getting the optimum result from the money the city has," he said.

After the November election, the two candidates who receive the most votes will begin four-year terms in January 2023.

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