Vote NO by February 13!

The Oregonian
By John L Cook, Former Mayor of Tigard


As the former mayor of Tigard for six years, I worked closely with our surrounding communities and local leaders to ensure all our communities and cities were thriving together and supporting one another. That’s the way we do things around here—we work together, respect one another and engage in constructive dialogue that moves us forward.

However, voters of neighboring King City are being asked to recall several of their elected officials. Recalling elected officials should be rare and limited to situations where the official has committed an ethical or legal violation. That hasn’t happened here, so a recall is not warranted.

The mayor and city councilors in King City are hardworking, authentic and truly engaged members of their community. They are volunteers, receiving no pay for their time and effort to support the goals of the city’s citizens, and they perform their volunteer public service very well. This is a thankless job that they volunteered for, and voters elected them to fulfill.

A small number of individuals who oppose a transportation and development plan (some of whom don’t even live in King City and can’t vote in this election), want to stop it by recalling the current mayor and majority of the city council. If recalled, the remaining city councilors – not King City voters – would appoint their new colleagues. This is not how city governments work, and it is not how democracy should work.

King City residents should vote “no” on this radical recall election this February. Our communities are better than this and your mayor and councilors should remain exactly where the voters put them just months ago—in office.

John L Cook, Tigard

Cook served as mayor of Tigard from 2013-2018.