State Rep. Jean Cowan has announced she will not seek re-election as the representative for House District 10 but will serve out the remainder of her current term, which expires in January 2013. Rep. Cowan was the primary opponent to legislation this past session that would have prevented the City of Lincoln City from withholding water service to force residents into providing consent to annex, a practice they have accused of in Roads End. Rep. Cowan sent an email announcement of her decision to supporters on Sept 13th; the text of that email is below.
It is time to share my plans with those of you who have become regular correspondents with me during my tenure as State Representative. To those of you who have also supported (both financially and emotionally) my efforts to gain and retain this position, I want you to know how much I have appreciated that support – and I want to assure you that I will do my best to see to it that HD 10 will be well-represented in the years to come.
Today I am announcing that I will not seek re-election for the 2013 term as the State Representative for the newly realigned House District 10. I will, however, continue to serve in my position until I complete my third two-year term in December, 2012.
Prior to my election to the State Legislature, I served as a Lincoln County Commissioner for three terms. And, before Pat and I moved to Lincoln County in 1987, I served as a city councilor and mayor of Elgin, Oregon. After more than 20 years in elected offices, it is now time for me to step aside. Continue reading