Former Hillsboro Mayor Tom Hughes announced he would run for e-election as Metro Council President on Wednesday.
Voters first picked Hughes to head the elected regional government in 2010. Hughes cited a list of first-term accomplishments in his announcement statement, including the adoption of Urban and Rural Reserves to guide future development in the region, voter approval of a ballot measure to maintain and improve Metro's parks and natural lands, and the working with the Greater Portland, Inc. public-private partnership to promote economic development.
Serving as Metro Council President over the last few years has given me important insight into the needs of our communities, and Im excited about the opportunities we have to make significant progress in the Portland Metropolitan region for years to come, Hughes said.
In his next term, Hughes vowed to begin construction on the Headquarters Hotel adjacent to the Oregon Convention Center, work with the business-led Community Investment Initiative to help fund infrastructure projects, and complete projects at the Oregon Zoo funded by a ballot measure approved during his first term.
All of these initiatives require experienced leadership and a pretty extensive knowledge of both local government and the private sector, Hughes noted. Our region continues to provide a model for smart planning and strategic economic growth for the nation and the globe, and I look forward to the opportunity to continuing leading this great region.
Hughes currently has just over $20,000 in his campaign account. No one else has yet announced for the office.