Councilor Craig Dirksen served as the Mayor of Tigard for eight years. In the past 30 years, his public sector and engineering experience included serving as a Tigard City Councilor, owner of Oregon X-Treme Electric Bicycles and Scooters, mechanical designer for CH2M Hill and industrial designer for Bergaila & Associates. He has served on JPACT, MPAC, the Southwest Corridor Plan Steering Committee and Washington County Coordinating Committee; his volunteer experience includes serving on the Tigard Soccer Club board, Tigard Park board and Tigard budget committee.
During his campaign, Councilor Dirksen advocated for a complete, balanced transportation system with a focus on supporting projects on the region’s west side. He suggested administering a vehicle mileage tax with a focus on non-gasoline powered vehicles to fund transportation projects. He envisions a region governed by a tight but flexible urban growth boundary to support economic growth.
Dirksen earned an A.A. in mechanical engineering from Clark College. He lives in Tigard with his wife and has three sons and seven grandchildren.