The First Bid for Mayor Manning’s Successor

biffRight on the heels of Mayor Julie Manning’s surprise announcement that she will not seek another term in the upcoming year, Biff Traber, a second term councilor for Ward 8 has taken the first step in a run for the office, announcing his candidacy this last Tuesday.

A Corvallisite since 1998, Traber cites as his main goals the continuation of a strong relationship between the city and Oregon State University, as well as a push to get the city straightened out financially. He is a vocal opponent of reactionary approaches to financial stability.

Currently the vice president of city council, Traber is involved in a great many other local groups including the Airport Commission, the Sustainability Coalition, Visit Corvallis, the Housing and Community Development Commission, and the Administrative Services Committee. Additionally he’s the council liaison to the Economic Development Commission and volunteers on the boards of Corvallis
Rotary, New Roots Housing, the Boys & Girls Club and United Way.

While it may be hard to argue with that resume, local residents will have to wait and see which other challengers step forward in the coming months.