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Two more file for Tigard City Council

Tom Anderson, Tristan Irvin join Jason Snider, Bret Lieuallen in race.

Four candidates have now filed for two seats on the Tigard City Council to be filled in the November election, including an incumbent and a repeat candidate.

Tom Anderson, who fell short of winning a seat on the council when he ran in 2014, is trying again this year. He and political newcomer Tristan Irvin join Council President Jason Snider, seeking re-election, and Planning Commissioner Bret Lieuallen in the race.

Tom Anderson.Tom Anderson

“I'm excited to do it,” Anderson said of running again.

Anderson received 5,452 votes, or 23.2 percent, in a four-way field two years ago in which voters could vote for up to two candidates. That was enough for third place, with Councilor Marc Woodard winning re-election with 7,820 votes and John Goodhouse being elected to a council seat with 6,381 votes.

Anderson owns and operates Tigard Real Estate. He also previously served on the Tigard Planning Commission, including a stint as president.

Development in downtown Tigard and the River Terrace residential area on the city's western edge are topics of interest to Anderson. He called himself “a proponent of finishing the downtown.”

Anderson is also supportive of the Southwest Corridor project, a proposed MAX light rail line that would extend from Portland to Bridgeport Village through Tigard. He said that while he understands some residents' concerns over the project's price tag — more than $2 billion, with most of that money expected to come from the state and federal governments — he believes it is important to alleviate traffic and congestion on Highway 99W.

Finally, Anderson made a one-sentence case for why voters should support him this year: “I am invested in the community, I have knowledge of the process, and I'm an ethical guy.”

Tristan Irvin.Tristan Irvin

Irvin is a teacher at Oregon Connections Academy and a board member of The Foundation for Tigard Tualatin Schools. She also has three children: a toddler, an elementary-schooler and a high-schooler.

“I adore this city. I love being a parent to kids that get to live in this city. I also feel that I have a very unique pulse. … I have a great and kind of unique pulse for what it's like for different age groups right now at any point in time,” she said.

Irvin is involved with advising student government this year, and among her other reasons for running, she called this election “an awesome opportunity” to model what her students are learning about politics and governance at the city level.

Although Irvin said she has lived in Tigard for almost seven years, she formerly lived in the Eugene area, where she said she worked on property management and downtown revitalization. She sees parallels between that work and Tigard's efforts to improve its downtown, saying she has experience in that field. She said she is interested as well in ensuring that families moving into new neighborhoods like the River Terrace development have access to the same educational and recreational opportunities as those living closer to the heart of Tigard.

Irvin said she decided to run for City Council because she wants to be involved.

“We really have opportunities to not be on the sidelines, and we don't often take them,” she remarked.

Jason Snider.Jason Snider

Meanwhile, Snider is seeking a second term on the Tigard City Council. He was the first candidate to file, back in June.

“I think that we've made a lot of progress in the city,” Snider said. “I'm really proud of what we've done in the four years I've been on the council.”

Snider said he feels he has been a leader on the council and a key player in that progress, naming his involvement in downtown redevelopment efforts and the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership that is now supplying drinking water to Tigard customers as examples. He wants to continue serving on the council to maintain that progress and work toward realizing Tigard's “city vision” of being the most walkable city in the Pacific Northwest.

“I think the last four years have been great,” Snider said. “The next four years will be even better.”

Bret Lieuallen.Bret Lieuallen

Lieuallen spoke with The Times last month, providing a “position paper” to outline his stances on some of the issues facing Tigard. One of his listed goals, with emphasis, is to “really listen to residents, and protect the individual character of Tigard neighborhoods.”

Lieuallen cast the sole vote on the Tigard Planning Commission against annexing property for residential development along Southwest 113th Avenue in July.

After the Tigard City Council signed off on the annexation last month, Lieuallen criticized the decision.

“Denying the annexation was an easy call, to me, at this time,” he wrote in an email. “Annexation, and the ensuing developement, will indeed dramatically alter the character of that neighborhood.”

Lieuallen is also concerned about the Southwest Corridor project, suggesting that it may be too expensive for Tigard to afford.

By Mark Miller
Assistant Editor
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