Bob Stacey, the former 1000 Friends of Oregon executive director, this morning notified supporters and reporters that he's dropping out of the field of candidates vying to replace resigned Metro councilor Robert Liberty.
Stacey's announcement comes six days after his one-time boss, former Gov. Barbara Roberts announced she also would seek to replace Liberty. Here's the brief email sent out by Stacey, who lost the Metro president's race in November by only about 1,000 votes:
I've withdrawn my application for appointment to fill out Robert Liberty's term on the Metro Council. I intend to run for the position in the May 2012 election.
At his website, Stacey posted the following explanation:
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Today, I’m withdrawing my application for appointment to the vacant District 6 position on the Metro Council. Last Wednesday, Governor Barbara Roberts filed her application for that seat, and graciously called me immediately to give me the news.
Governor Roberts told me that several members of the Metro Council had phoned her that day, the deadline for applying for appointment to the District 6 vacancy. The first phone call came at 8:30 in the morning, from a councilor who told her that none of the applicants for the vacancy—including me—could get majority support from the Council. This councilor asked Governor Roberts to apply, so that the Council logjam could be broken. During the day more councilors called her, urging her to fill out the application form and submit it by day’s end.
It’s clear that there’s no reason for me to continue to seek the appointment. I certainly don’t want to waste the time and effort of the many friends who planned to appear and testify on my behalf at this week’s hearing before the Metro Council. Accordingly, I’m withdrawing, and I’m shifting my efforts from the members of the Council to the ultimate decision makers: the voters of District 6.
I’m reaffirming my intention to campaign for election to the Metro Council on the May 2012 ballot. I received strong support from voters in this part of Metro in the 2010 election, and I’m eager to ask for their votes again.
Governor Roberts has announced she won’t be a candidate for election in 2012. However, she won’t simply be a “caretaker” councilor. She’ll be called upon to participate in important decisions facing Metro over the next two years, involving economic recovery, land use, transportation, and investment in public facilities, among many others. I’m very pleased that her deep leadership experience in state and local government—and her passionate support of sound land use planning, social justice, and prudent public budgeting—will help guide Metro decision making for the balance of Robert Liberty’s term.
Thank you so much for the support and encouragement you’ve given me in this unusual process. I hope I can count on your continued support this fall when I kick off my election campaign!