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Mayor, council seats will be voted on in November

This November, Estacada voters will decide on the position of mayor, as well as elect three city councilors.

The city’s current mayor, Brent Dodrill, will not seek reelection. City Councilors Paulina Menchaca and Sean Drinkwine have both announced their intention to run for the position.

Both candidates praised the city along the Clackamas River.

“Estacada is a small town with wonderful people,” Drinkwine said. “I want to step up and do my due diligence and do the best job that I can.”

Menchaca agreed.

“I don’t necessarily have plans for a big political career,” she said. “I just really care about Estacada.”

Menchaca also praised what Dodrill has accomplished while in office.

“I really like what Brent (Dodrill) has done,” Menchaca said. “I hope to continue where he left off and help keep us on track.”

Drinkwine says one of his main goals is listening to voters.

“I want to take the time to find out the needs of people,” he said. “I think that’s very important to voters now. They want someone to listen.”

Menchaca hopes to involve voters in city decisions as well.

“I want people to know that (the city council and mayor) are available to hear their concerns,” she said. “Come to the council meetings and we’ll listen.”

In his recent “State of the City” address, Dodrill endorsed both Drinkwine and Menchaca, saying each candidate would do the job well.

Drinkwine, Menchaca and Lanelle King’s council seats are up for election in November. King plans to run for reelection.

Previously, Dodrill described the city council’s youthful character as a

valuable asset.

“They’re very hopeful for Estacada,” he said during his “State of the City” address. “Because of their generation, they think about Estacada differently.”

Anyone interested in filing for candidacy for the mayor or city council positions should do so before Thursday, Aug. 25. Candidate packets are available at www.cityofestacada.org and should be submitted to City Recorder Sadie Main.

The mayor is a two-year term, and the council positions are all four years.

The city council positions are elected at large and the three candidates with the most votes will be selected.

The terms will begin Jan. 2017, with the oath of office administered at the first city council meeting of the year.

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