City Council Race Gears Up

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City council race gears up

Published on Wednesday, April 04, 2012 | Written by Lori Hall |
The race for two West Linn City Council seats and the position of mayor is gearing up already.
City Council President Jenni Tan has announced her intention to run for re-election this fall, and West Linn Planning Commission member Thomas Frank recently announced his candidacy for city council.

Tan, 37, was elected to the council in 2010 and was named president of the council this year. Prior to city council, she served on the planning commission and was on the board of directors for Clackamas Women’s Services and the board of directors for the Providence Milwaukie Hospital Foundation. She is also active as a parent volunteer at Sunset Primary School, where her 5-year-old and 7-year-old children attend.

Tan is a licensed certified public accountant, but her status is currently inactive. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business economics with a minor in accounting from University of California, Los Angeles, and a master’s of business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

‘I sincerely enjoy working with our citizens to achieve positive outcomes together,’ Tan said. ‘I have decided to continue on this journey, and I am seeking re-election to the West Linn City Council.’

Frank, 34, has lived in West Linn with his wife, Jenny, since 2004. They have a 2-year-old daughter, Audrey.
Frank’s interest in participating on city government boards started in 2006.

He has served on numerous city boards, including as vice chairman of the Tri-City Service District Advisory Committee, as a member of the Transportation Advisory Board, vice chairman and chairman of the Citizen’s Budget Committee, a member of the Community Police Facility Development Committee and a member the West Linn Police Station Steering Committee. He now serves as a member of the West Linn Planning Commission. He also worked on the West Linn Police Station Committee that successfully advocated for the passage of an $8.5 million bond measure.

Additionally, Frank has worked with St. Vincent de Paul through a conference that serves the West Linn area.
Frank, a native Oregonian, received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Portland State University and has a master’s of business administration from the University of Portland.

He teaches business at Clackamas Community College and University of Phoenix Graduate School and is chief financial officer for his family’s businesses, Frank Construction Company, James Frank Construction Inc. and James Frank Cabinets Inc.
Frank thinks economic development should be a main priority of the city council. His vision includes supporting the area’s small businesses and the West Linn Chamber of Commerce and finding ways to welcome new business opportunities. Other priorities include supporting public safety, enhancing city infrastructure and maintaining city services.

Tan wants to focus on long-term financial sustainability with an emphasis on economic development and improving water and street infrastructure and to ‘continue to safeguard the assets West Linn has that make West Linn such a wonderful place to raise a family.’
Frank said he is an attentive listener and careful decision maker and ‘plans to take into consideration all stakeholders”’ opinions and viewpoints.’

The terms of Mayor John Kovash and council member Teri Cummings end this year along with Tan’s. Neither Kovash nor Cummings has announced whether they will seek re-election.

Candidates must file by Aug. 24.



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