Our previous reports
that 1000 Friends of Oregon executive director Bob Stacey was considering a run for the $114,000-per-year Metro Council President's job next year have advanced a step. Stacey made his candidacy official last week, when he quietly filed a committee
with the Secretary of State, as candidates are required to do.
The job, which entails heading an agency responsible for land use and transportation planning and solid waste for the tri-county area, will be open in 2010 because incumbent David Bragdon is term-limited out.
Stacey, who announced in May he would leave his job as the leader of one of Oregon's oldest and most visible environmental groups this summer, is likely to face current Metro Councillor Rex Burkholder
and possibly others. Development-friendly interests concerned that Stacey and Burkholder are cut from the same green cloth have approached former Hillsboro Mayor Tom Hughes about running.
(Stacey photo courtesy of 1000 Friends.)