Only two candidates — Development Review Board member Katie Dunwell and former city planner Caroline Berry — filed to run for Wilsonville City Council before the Aug. 23 deadline.
With two seats open in November (Councilor Charlotte Lehan cannot run for reelection due to term limits, while Councilor Ben West is running for a seat on the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners), Dunwell and Berry are likely to join the council without opposition.
Dunwell, 60, was the first to announce her candidacy back in April. A member of the Oneida Indian Nation who grew up near Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, Dunwell has lived in Wilsonville since 2014 and currently serves on Development Review Board Panel B. In a previous interview, she said she thinks Wilsonville is well run and hopes to keep the city moving in the right direction while thoughtfully planning for future growth.
Berry, a resident since 2010, was an urban planner in Washington before moving to a role as a consultant presenting projects to municipalities. She has served on the Wilsonville Library Foundation, Wilsonville Library Board, Wilsonville Transit Master Plan Task Force and on local parent-teacher associations.
In a previous interview, Berry said that Wilsonville had sound management and was well-designed, noting the separation between industrial and residential areas.
City Council members serve four-year terms. To run, an individual has to be a Wilsonville resident for at least 12 months prior to Election Day. They also must submit a petition with 20 signatures from Wilsonville registered voters. The election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 8.
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