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Field for WL City Council set


Two incumbents will face two challengers in November election

With the Aug. 19 filing deadline come and past, West Linn’s field of City Council candidates is complete.

Incumbents Mike Jones and Jody Carson will run for re-election. They will face a challenge from Planning Commissioner Russell Axelrod and Brenda Perry, who chose to run a “joint campaign.”


West Linn City Councilors are elected for four-year terms, and must have lived within city limits for at least 12 months before being elected. Candidates may vie for only one elected spot, and council positions are “substantially volunteer in nature” according to city charter.

West Linn Mayor John Kovash and councilors Jenni Tan and Thomas Frank are each midway through terms that end Dec. 31, 2016.


Jones filed for the Nov. 4 election back on July 28. He was first appointed to the City Council in 2008 and later elected in 2010. His term expires Dec. 31.

Jones is also a member of the South Fork Water Board. Previously, he served as a member of the West Linn Planning Commission, the West Linn-Wilsonville School District Long Range Planning Committee and the West Linn Library Foundation Board.

Jones received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the United States Naval Academy, and later earned a master’s degree in both business and public administration from the University of South Carolina. Jones has worked in the book publishing industry for the last 20 years, and currently coordinates sales activities from an LLC that owns three publishing companies.

Jones listed ongoing efforts to improve the city’s infrastructure — including water, sewers and streets — as a top priority, should he be re-elected.

Carson, current council president and a 23-year West Linn resident, announced her intent to run Aug. 4.

Carson, who was first elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2010, has lived in West Linn since 1991 and also serves on the South Fork Water Board, the Regional Water Consortium, the Metro Policy Advisory Committee and the Clackamas County Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Council. She is co-chairwoman of the Willamette Falls Heritage Area Coalition and a founding member of the Willamette Falls Heritage Foundation.

She previously served as a West Linn Planning Commissioner and Willamette Neighborhood Association President.

In deciding to run for re-election, Carson cited the ongoing arch bridge-Bolton planning project as a top priority, as well as replacing the 100-year old Bolton Reservoir and fixing the city’s water pipes and dilapidated streets.

Carson has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Pacific Lutheran University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Denver. She works as a manager of healthcare quality review at Acumentra Health.

In announcing their joint campaign Aug. 12, Axelrod and Perry detailed ongoing frustrations with the current city council’s “undermining of community planning” and “the trend to reduce citizen involvement in city affairs.”

The council’s 2013 approval of the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership project and the recent regulatory code streamlining project were listed as prime sources of that frustration.

Axelrod currently serves as vice chair on the West Linn Planning Commission and has lived in West Linn for 23 years. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in earth science from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Master of Science in Geology from the University of Montana.

He has more than 30 years of experience consulting on environmental issues for major national and international architecture and engineering firms, and has managed his own consulting practice since 2007. He and his wife were active school and community volunteers and have two grown daughters who attended West Linn public schools.

Perry received a bachelor of science degree in nursing and a master of science as a nurse educator from California State University at Dominguez Hills. Most recently she was a program manager of a large diabetes clinical research study for Medtronic, where she managed a multi-million dollar budget, negotiated contracts and coordinated project communications. She and her husband decided to retire to West Linn in 2010.

Perry regularly volunteers as a tutor at Clackamas Community College, where she teaches math to adult students preparing for their GED. She is also an officer with the Savanna Oaks Neighborhood Association.

With the filing deadline passed, the county’s deadline to file a “statement of candidate” is Sept. 8.

Contact Patrick Malee at 503-636-1281 Ext. 106 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..