City government - Positions 2, 4 and 6, as well as mayor, up for election in November

The deadline to file for open Newberg city official positions closed Thursday. City Councilor positions 2, 4 and 6 are up for re-election, as is the slot for mayor.

Mayor Bob Andrews is seeking re-election and is running uncontested. He took office as mayor in 2007 and this would be his third term.

Only one current city councilor is seeking re-election, Stephen McKinney for his District 2 position. This would be his third term. McKinney is also the only councilor running opposed. Sarah R. Grider also filed for District 2. Grider is seeking a degree in communications at Marylhurst University and served in the Army. She also has an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Portland Community College.

District 4 is currently held by Bart Rierson, who announced in June he would not seek re-election in the fall.

“I was recently appointed to both the (Chehalem Park and Recreation District) and Willamette Riverkeeper boards, so I won’t have enough time to dedicate to the City Council position,” Rierson said in June.

Tony Rourke has filed for Rierson’s position. Rourke is the director of underwriting at LifeMap Assurance Company and has served on the Newberg Citizens Rate Review Committee since 2007.

The District 6 spot is held by Ryan Howard, who is running the District 13 position in the state senate, leaving his council seat open. Scott Essin has filed for that position. Essin is a retired park superintendent.

All candidates — even those running unopposed — will be on the Nov. 4 ballot in the general election. Each position is for four years.

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