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Jeff Bunte joins five other men in race for two seats, and says he'll focus on public safety

COURTESY PHOTO: JEFF BUNTE - BUNTECorbett Elementary School teacher Jeff Bunte entered the race for two open seats on the West Linn City Council this week. Bunte joins five other men seeking a spot on the council: incumbent Councilor Bill Relyea, Leo Groner, Scott Erwin, Tanner Woody and Keith Morris.

Bunte, who said he has lived in West Linn for about a year and a half, noted he had no local government or community involvement experience other than with the homeowner's association for his former condo in Portland's Pearl District.

He said he decided to make the foray into local government because he feels all of his own needs have been met, referencing, Maslov's Hierarchy of Needs.

"I'm self-actualized and, similar to why a lot of people get into public service, I want to help others get there," Bunte said.

If elected, Bunte said he'd like to focus on public safety and community involvement, noting he'd like to incorporate community patrols in neighborhoods.

West Linn residents will elect two councilors in the Nov. 8 election to serve four-year terms beginning in January.

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