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Kovash gets another term as mayor

Jenni Tan and Thomas Frank elected to council


West Linn residents spoke loud and clear on election night, re-electing the city’s mayor and city council president for another four years. They added to the mix a planning commissioner on the council.

by: VERN UYETAKE - John Kovash get an congratulatory handshake from Teryn Suhr.

Mayor

John Kovash was re-elected mayor with a vote of 71.5 percent (7,990 votes) as of Wednesday morning. The other mayoral candidate, Ron Le Blanc, received 28.5 percent (3,179).

A last-minute write-in campaign for former West Linn mayor David Dodds was launched at the end of October. Dodds served as mayor from 2001 to 2004. Write-in ballots won’t be tallied until Thursday, according to the Clackamas County elections office.

“I think it’s a good night for West Linn,” Kovash said.

Kovash, 72, was appointed to the West Linn Planning Commission in 2002 where he served for six years, including three years as chairman. In 2008 he was elected to the city council and one year later the council elected him as president.

In early 2010, Kovash was appointed mayor by unanimous vote of the city council and five months later he ran for and was elected mayor.

“We are going to have a very strong council that is going to work together to solve problems for West Linn,” Kovash said.

Kovash said issues he and the council will be addressing include the looming budget shortfall, the city’s water infrastructure and the upcoming centennial celebration of the city.

“We had a committee that worked very hard on this election. There are so many people who worked hard on this campaign to thank,” he said. “I hope 2013 is a good year for West Linn. The council is going to hit the ground running.”

Le Blanc, 58, is a former California sheriff’s deputy and owns Le Blanc Photography.

City council

The two seats on the city council up for election will be filled by incumbent Jenni Tan and Thomas Frank.by: VERN UYETAKE - Jenni Tan get a thumbs-up from family and friends at Round Table Pizza on Tuesday evening.

As of Wednesday morning with six precincts reporting, Tan took 61.7 percent of the vote with 9,085 votes and Frank had 38.4 percent with 5,645 votes. Resident Ben Egland has launched a write-in campaign in early October, but write-in ballots won’t be tallied until Thursday, according to the elections office.

Tan, 38, 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.

“It definitely feels great,” Tan said of the election. “It’s a privilege to continue to serve our community. I’m very grateful.”

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.

“There’s a lot to do,” Tan said, adding that her No. 1 priority will be the city’s aging water infrastructure and next is economic development.

THOMAS FRANKFrank, 35, started participating on city government boards 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.

“It’s been a fantastic experience, one that started way back when I first decided to volunteer for boards. ... Now to be a city councilor, for me, is very special,” Frank said.

Frank 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 said, “The first thing I want to tackle is economic development.” He also wants to look at the city’s water infrastructure.

“Being a newcomer into the political scene in West Linn, there are a lot of people to thank,” Frank said. “I’m very happy.”




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