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Local council seats up for grabs

Madras, Metolius, Culver
Residents in Madras, Culver and Metolius who are interested in serving on their respective city councils have less than two weeks to turn in their candidacy packets.
   Each of the three incorporated cities in Jefferson County will have three open seats on their councils, as well as the mayor's position open.
   In Madras, the council seats of Royce Embanks, Tom Brown and Kevin O'Meara will be on the November ballot. Embanks has turned in the packet, and Brown has picked up a packet to run for re-election, while O'Meara has indicated that he doesn't intend to refile for another four-year term.
   Madras Mayor Melanie Widmer turned in paperwork on Friday to run for re-election. No one else has picked up a packet for any of the Madras positions.
   Madras residents who are registered voters and who have lived in the city for 12 months prior to the date the position would become official (Jan. 1, 2013) are eligible to run for council or mayor. Residents must file a prospective petition, and, once approved, circulate a signature sheet to obtain 20 valid signatures to file.
   Petitions are due by 5 p.m. Aug. 28, but city recorder and elections official Karen Coleman advises prospective candidates to turn their petitions in earlier in order to ensure that there are enough valid signatures. Otherwise, the petition and candidate would be rejected.
   Metolius Council
   Metolius residents will vote on the three council positions currently held by Tia Powell, Bob Bozarth and Nancy Goodenow, and the mayor's position, currently held by Susie Binder.
   Binder, who has served on the council for 12 years -- with most as council president -- took on the mayor's job last September, when former mayor Sandy Toms moved. She doesn't plan to run again.
   "We really need some fresh ideas," said Binder, who plans to spend more time with her family.
   Councilor Bill Reynolds, who has two years left on his position, has picked up a packet for the mayor's position. If Reynolds is elected mayor, the council will appoint someone to fill the remaining two years of his council term.
   Bob Bozarth, who was appointed to the council in May, has also picked up a packet. Nancy Goodenow and Tia Powell had not picked up packets as of Monday.
   Other council members include Patty Wyler and John Willhoite.
   Candidates must pick up a packet at the Metolius City Hall, obtain 20 signatures on their petition, and return the completed application by 4 p.m. Aug. 28. For more information, call the Metolius City Hall at 541-546-5533.
   Culver Council
   Three Culver City Council positions, as well as the Culver mayor position will be up for election in November. Those seats include position 3, held by Amy McCully, position 4, held by Nancy Diaz, and position 5, held by Laura Dudley, and Mayor Shawna Clanton's position.
   Culver residents who are eligible voters may pick up packets, get authorization to collect signatures and turn in their completed petitions by 5 p.m. Aug. 28, at the Culver City Hall.
   Clanton, who spent one year on the council before becoming mayor in 2008, picked up her packet on Monday.
   "I was encouraged to run again, and really appreciate the vote of confidence the community has given me," she said. "Even though I wanted to retire, this way I can help someone on the council step up in the next election. It's been very rewarding."
   Diaz and McCully have already received authorization to collect 25 valid signatures. Dudley, who was appointed, does not plan to run for her position.
   The Culver City Council also includes Shannon Poole, Sharon Orr and Hilario Diaz.
   For more information about the Culver election process, call the City Hall at 541-546-6494.
   The elections filing officers from Madras, Culver and Metolius have until Sept. 6 to file a statement of candidates with the county elections filing officer in preparation for the Nov. 6 general election.