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Newcomer Hayley Delle to take open council seat

Incumbents Mike Corey and Denise Bacon will serve another term

There are no contested races for Newberg City Council positions in the upcoming November election. But there will be a new face on the council, as 23-year-old Hayley Delle will presumably take Councilor Lesley Woodruff’s seat.

Woodruff is finishing out her first term in office, and is not running for reelection. Delle filed the paperwork in August, and with no other candidates short of a write-in campaign, she will be the newest councilor beginning in January.

Delle has lived in Newberg for five years. She studied interior design at George Fox University and graduated two years ago. Her employment experience includes working as a marketing manager and graphic designer at Loen Nursery and working customer service at Oregon Wine Services. She may be most recognizable from her most recent role working at Social Goods Market and Newberg Wine Lockers.

Delle has no previous governmental experience, and said that while she initially thought about running for the open seat on a whim, she became serious about the idea when she thought about what she could offer as a city councilor.

“I think that a younger voice and opinion is really needed in this town,” she said in an email. “It’s the sort of small town that’s been run by the same few families for a long time, and I think this is a great opportunity for me to, if nothing else, shake things up a little.”

Delle cited a large number of young people who are moving into Newberg and said she plans to bring their voices to the council level.

“I hear all the time from others my age that they don’t feel represented in government, and that was a sentiment I know I echoed a few times myself,” Delle said. “So I think I’m trying to set an example, that if you want to be represented where it matters, step up, speak up and represent yourself!”

As for the other two council seats up for election, incumbents Denise Bacon and Mike Corey will continue in their positions for the next term.

Corey, who is retired from the property management field, has served on the council since 2013 and is finishing out his first term. Bacon first took office in 2009 and was reappointed in 2013. She works as a field coordinator for the Ford Family Foundation.

The councilors will officially take their seats for the new term in January.