Many races unopposed as smaller cities struggle for city council candidates
- Erin Shea
- Gresham Outlook - News
Two people who threw their hats into ring by entering the Wood Village City Council race will be running unopposed in the Nov. 7, election.
Although residents had several opportunities to file for the open city council slots, no one had submitted a candidacy application as of a week and half before the Tuesday, Aug. 15, deadline.
Council President Peggy Minter chose to run for her current seat, position 1. Mark Clark, a planning commission member, filed to run for position 4, filled by Councilor Beverly Stone, who did not file for re-election.
Clark ran for City Council in 2004, but lost to Patricia Smith, who took the seat with 59 percent of the votes.
Minter, who is serving her ninth year as a member of the Wood Village City Council, said she gave a lot of thought to her decision to run for office again.
'After having volunteered for nine years, I feel like … I still have much to offer the city, but I'm also thinking it would be good to have new blood come in and other people participating and volunteering,' Minter said. 'But there wasn't anyone stepping up to the plate.'
Fairview and Troutdale
Residents in Fairview and Troutdale still have a little more time to turn in their city council applications. The filing deadline for both cities is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, but potential candidates are encouraged to return their forms earlier.
In Fairview, the mayor's seat and positions 4, 5 and 6 are up for grabs in the November election.
Fairview Mayor Mike Weatherby has filed to run for re-election, as have Council President Steve Owen, who fills position 4, and Councilor Larry Cooper, who holds position 6.
Councilor Darrell Cornelius, who holds position 5, had not filed for re-election as of Friday, Aug. 18. However, Lisa Barton-Mullins, a member of the city's budget committee, put her name in for the seat.
In Troutdale, positions 1, 3 and 5, which are held by councilors Chris Gorsek, Norm Thomas and Barbara Kyle respectively, will be up for election in November.
In the only contested race so far, Troutdale resident Pat Smith is running against Thomas, who filed for re-election.
Jim Kight, a former Troutdale City Councilor, is running for position 1, but as of Friday, Aug. 18, no one had filed to run for position 5, Kyle's seat. Gorsek has so far not filed for re-election.
For more information on how to apply for the Fairview City Council, call Tammy Shannon at 503-674-6225, or for Troutdale City Council filing information, call City Recorder Debbie Stickney at 503-674-7237.