They’re keeping coy for now, but two local figures are eyeing a run for political office, The Outlook has learned.
Well-known real estate agent Michael Patrick and former Troutdale City Councilor Corey Brooks both appear to see a political post in their future, though neither would specify which race they might run.
“They’re a little bit more than rumors,” said Patrick. “I have been having discussions with many people in the area concerning an opportunity for me to run for public office.”
“At this point, I can’t confirm that I am (running) — but I definitely won’t deny that I’m not,” Brooks said in a phone interview.
Here’s what we know about both potential candidates so far:
Patrick, who spotlights a significant for sale sign in this paper’s real estate section each month, has never held public office before.
He’s a member and past chairman of the Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center Foundation board of trustees, which coordinates philanthropy efforts for the hospital. He also serves on the Salvation Army advisory council for the Gresham and Rockwood area.
The 63-year-old previously sat on the Mt. Hood Community College Foundation board and has spent time patrolling with Citizen Volunteers in Policing, an organization that allows community members to support the Gresham Police Department.
Patrick credits the Leadership Academy hosted by the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce with sparking his interest in public service.
“I think I have a lot of skills and expertise to help move the region forward,” he noted. “I’ve been a lifelong community member and felt that it was my time to serve.”
“I really believe that East County is poised for greatness,” he continued.
Patrick is married to Sue Piazza, another prominent real estate agent. They have several children and grandchildren.
Brooks, 36, lost his spot on Troutdale City Council during the last election, after being appointed to fill a vacancy at City Hall in March of 2016. The race was decided by four votes.
He’s a board member of the Troutdale Historical Society, vice chairman of the city’s budget committee and a member of the planning committee.
In 2016, The Outlook reported that Brooks works as the vice president for client success and sales at a digital marketing agency in Vancouver, Wash. He served two tours in the Middle East with the U.S. Marine Corps as an ordnance technician and is married with two children, Sofia and Vivian.
“I do have a heart for public service and the people,” Brooks said on Thursday, Sept. 7. “(I want to) make sure things are moving in the right direction for our citizens. That’s what is important to me.”