Decision due to plans to move away from the city
RIDGEFIELD — Ridgefield City Council Member John Main is resigning his position effective Oct. 1 due to his plans to move out of the city.
Main and his wife, Tami, are moving to Idaho to be closer to his adult children and two grandchildren.
“My decision to end my term early is not without a lot of personal reflection,” Main said. “I am happy to have had the opportunity to work with the council, staff and so many wonderful residents and to serve the City of Ridgefield. With the new Outdoor Recreation Center, grocery store and Vancouver Clinic; Ridgefield has a bright future ahead as a great place to live, play and raise a family.”
Main is the councilor with a bike. In his own words, “You’ll see me more on my bike downtown than you will ever see me driving my car.” For that reason, he has played an active role in planning and developing multi‐modal trails that connect the Ridgefield community. But, his primary focus and passion has been enhancing the Ridgefield community through promoting the arts.
Main joined the Ridgefield City Council in 2012 following two years on the Planning Commission. With his leadership, Ridgefield established an Arts Quarter in 2017 that is designed to bring a strong, vibrant arts scene to downtown Ridgefield.
Main has also represented Ridgefield interests as the vice chair on the Board of Directors for C-TRAN; as the treasurer for the Ridgefield Art Association and as a member of the Ridgefield Main Street Board.
After being informed of the resignation, Mayor Don Stose thanked Main for his work on the City Council. “On behalf of the entire City Council, I want to express my sincere appreciation to John for his exceptional service to the City of Ridgefield and wish him much happiness and success as he begins this new chapter in his life,” Stose said.
With a vacancy on the council, the council members will begin a process to appoint a qualified replacement. While Main’s term does not end until December 2021, Washington law will require the appointee to run for election in 2019.