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Tigard mayor to seek re-election this fall

by: FILE PHOTO - Tigard Mayor John L. Cook, right, chats with supporters after his 2012 win. Cook was elected in a special election to fill the remainder of Craig Dirksen's term. Cook has filed to run for his first full term this fall.Tigard Mayor John L. Cook has filed to run for re-election.

Cook, who took office 18 months ago to fill the remainder of former mayor Craig Dirksen’s term, will be running for his first full-term in the November election.

“I’m having so much fun,” Cook told The Times on Wednesday. “I wake up every morning with a smile on my face. I get to meet new people, and it is all about being the cheerleader for the city. I love that role of going out there, whether it’s to a new business ribbon cutting or just talking to business owners and promoting what the city is doing.”

Cook currently runs unopposed.

In 2012, Cook won a special election to fill the remainder of Dirksen's term after he was elected to the board of commissioners for Metro, the regional government.

A lifelong Tigard resident, Cook’s family has a long history with the city. Tigard's largest park, Cook Park, was named after his father, John E. Cook, who served as mayor of Tigard from 1984 through 1986.

Interested in running for office?

Tigard has three seats up for grabs in Nov. 4 general election, the mayor’s seat as well as the seats of two curent city councilors, Marc Woodard and Gretchen Buehner.

Woodard has expressed an interest in seeking a second term, but has not yet filed to run. Buehner, who has served on the council since 2006, is term limited and cannot seek re-election.

To run for public office, candidates must be a Tigard resident and registered voter.

Candidates must have lived in the city for at least 12 months.

For information on how to apply, click here or call 503-718-2410.

The filing deadline for the mayor’s position is July 28. City Council candidates have until Aug. 18 to file with the city recorder’s office.

Shortly after taking office, Cook instituted a more open door policy between the city and residents, starting monthly fireside chats at local coffee shops, a Twitter account for the mayor's office and hosting town halls on various topics.

“Whether they are a business owner or a resident, we want to have an open door to the city and have open dialogue,” Cook said. “We are moving in the right direction, and people are feeling better about their city.”

Cook said that a full four-year term would give him more time to work on large-scale projects.

Over the next four years, the city will see its long-planned water partnership with Lake Oswego finish construction in 2016. The city will also finish planning development along Southwest Roy Rogers Road. That area, known as River Terrace, is expected to be the next major site for development in the city.

Cook said that Tigard is beginning to focus on new ways to help the city grow, including work to improve the Tigard Triangle and increasing its work to bring in new economic development.

“I can’t take any credit for that, but I am very proud that it happened while I was mayor," Cook said.

Cook said that the city will likely see ballot measures in the near future about forming a possible recreation district in the next few years, as well as issues pertaining to parks and charter amendments.

“There is so much already on our books,” Cook said. "I want to see some of these things through."



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