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OC commission: definitely Mabee, maybe Tidwell

Two seats are up. Damon Mabee is running again, Trent Tidwell is waiting for the results of a county race.

On top of the three new county commissioners, the sheriff, various state and national legislative seats and a president, Oregon City residents will get to choose two city commissioners in November.

Seats two and three, currently held by Commissioner Trent Tidwell and Commission President Damon Mabee, respectively, will be up in at the end of the year for terms that will begin anew in January.

Mabee said he intends to seek reelection, saying he's had a positive impact n the commission in his tenure so far.

'In general I've been glad to be kind of a moederate voice on the council,' he said.

Mabee said individual aspects of his tenure that he's proud of include expanding the urban renewal commission to make it 'more responsive to the community' and balancing the budget.

'I guess the one thing is that we've gone from a complete deficit budget to a budget that has some surplus on it,' Mabee said.

Tidwell is currently running for a seat on the board of county commissioners, but would still be eligible to run for his city seat if he loses in the runoff election for the county in May, said City Recorder Nancy Ide.

Tidwell said he is currently focusing on the county race over the city race.

'We'll cross that bridge when we come to it,' he said when asked if he would seek the city seat if he loses the county race. 'The number one priority right now is not the county commission race, it's serving the city commission that I currently serve.'

Kami Kehoe, chair of the Oregon City Area Sustainability Political Action Committee (ORCAS PAC) said the PAC is looking for potential candidates to put up or support in races, but had no one specific yet.

'ORCAS PAC is looking forward to being involved in the upcoming race and we are looking at candidates who would be interested in running,' Kehoe said. 'As far as the committee, no one from the PAC is interested in running for the seats,' she said, at least not that she was aware. She said the PAC was more interested in finding non-members with like-minded views to support in the campaign.

Residents who wish to file for the seat may do so between June 4 and Aug. 26. Candidate packets are available through the city's Web site at www.orcity.org.