Tualatin Mayor Frank Bubenik has announced he is seeking a second term as mayor and is running for re-election on the November 2022 ballot.
“The residents of Tualatin recognize the value of experience and have voted to amend the City Charter, which will allow me to run for a second term,” Bubenik said. “The last couple of years have been challenging with COVID-19, wildfires, ice storms and social unrest, but I remain committed to Tualatin residents and businesses in continuing the progress the city has made.”
Bubenik said that he wants the city to be socially cohesive and inclusive and wants to make sure that no section of the community is left behind as the city grows.
In a press release, he provided a list of many accomplishments in the city during his tenure: Tualatin Moving Forward is on budget and on schedule with 22 projects completed, 12 underway and six to be completed in the future; CARES fund grants were provided to 102 businesses to help them get through the pandemic, and ChildCares scholarships were provided to 11 children to assist their families with childcare costs while schools were running remotely; and a commercial and residential eviction moratorium was put in place during the COVID pandemic along with the implementation of an emergency rent and energy assistance program.
Other accomplishments include planning for the Veterans Memorial and the Stoneridge Park redesign; the opening of the Jurgens Park Dog Off-Leash Area; and holding community conversations on police use of force and resulting changes requested by the community, including the implementation of a Mental Health Response Team.
More achievements include advocating on behalf of Tualatin residents on ODOT’s tolling plan, TriMet’s Southwest Corridor Plan and other regional transportation projects; initiating a Climate Action Plan; working with Community Partners for Affordable Housing to open Plambeck Gardens in the Basalt Creek area; developing strategies to meet future housing needs; and convening the Equity Committee Planning Group.
In addition to his role as mayor, Bubenik is the Vice-Chair of the Washington County Coordinating Committee, Chair of the Small Cities Consortium of Greater Portland Inc. and a member of the Tualatin Aging Task Force. He also sits on the boards of the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce, Westside Economic Alliance and Neighbors Nourishing Communities.
Bubenik earned his bachelor’s degree at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York and his master’s degree at SUNY at Albany. He served in the Army (Military Police) as a platoon leader, battalion intelligence officer and battalion supply officer. He owns an information technology consulting company and has lived in Tualatin with his wife, Donna, since 2003.
Many local and state elected leaders have endorsed Bubenik along with several community leaders.