University of Oregon law student Zach Baker has announced that he is running for the Corvallis City Council.
Baker, 31, said he will run for the Ward 3 seat in south Corvallis currently held by Richard Hervey.
Hervey, who also is serving as council president this two-year cycle, announced Monday that he will not seek a fourth term.
“My experience writing policy, working closely with elected officials and facilitating public participation in the political process will allow me to hit the ground running and complement the collective experience already on the City Council,” Baker said.
Baker expects to graduate from Oregon in May. He is concentrating on environmental and natural resources law.
Baker has served in numerous public policy posts in the past decade, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Wildlife Federation and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.
Baker, who lives in south Corvallis, has served on the board of directors of the Willamette Valley Sustainable Foods Alliance and volunteers with the Benton County Community Rights Coalition.
“I am running for City Council to help make city government work better for all of us and to create a sustainable economic and environmental future,” Baker said.
Baker is the first candidate to come forward in Ward 3.
Election packets, which will include filing deadlines, will be available July 1. The election is Nov. 4.