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Dodrill is next Estacada mayor

Brent Dodrill said it’s his experience on the Estacada City Council that made him the right person to replace retiring Mayor Becky Arnold.

The voters appear to have agreed.

With the first round of election results released at 8 p.m. by Clackamas County Election Division, Dodrill was easily winning with 489 votes (75.6 percent). His opponent, Pat Watkins, had 158 votes (24.4 percent).

"I am pleased and excited to serve the city in a new way," Dodrill said Tuesday night. "I just want to keep the city moving ahead on downtown renewal. I think that's the No. 1 issue on a lot of people's lists."

Dodrill was first elected to the Estacada City Council in 2006 and then re-elected in 2010.

Dodrill views his seat on the council as a way to serve the city and to demonstrate a commitment to making short- and long-term decisions that are in the best interests of the city.

As for what he’ll do to make Estacada a more attractive place for businesses to come, Dodrill will focus on the city’s codes and ordinances.

In particular, he’s prepared to look at any codes or ordinances that are outdated or cumbersome to businesses.

Another major issue facing the city in the near future is the waste water plant, which has presented major issues to the city lately and needs to be resolved quickly.

One other issue that Dodrill sees coming up in the next few years is safety within the city and how the city provides law enforcement to the town.

Watkins entered the race on the encouragement of friends. Later, he announced his decision to drop out of the race, only to later decide he would stay in the race.

Estacada also was electing Sean Drinkwine, Edward Smith and Curt Steininger to seats on the City Council. There were three seats up for election and three candidates.




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