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New faces emerge in races for Scappoose City Council, PUD

Six candidates vie for Scappoose City Council; three new challengers enter Columbia River PUD race

New faces will be on the ballot this November for races in Scappoose as well as the Columbia River People’s Utility District.

In Scappoose, City Councilor Mark Reed will challenge Scott Burge for the mayor’s seat. Burge has served as mayor of the city since 2007. If Burge is reelected, Reed will retain his seat on the council for the remaining two years of his term.

SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - A voter drops off his ballot at a ballot drop box at the Columbia County Courthouse during the May primary election. The next election takes place Nov. 8.Three other seats are up for election on the council. Councilor Joel Haugen, a retired teacher, will run for reelection, but Councilors Jeff Erickson and Jason Meshell are not seeking another term.

Newcomers Natalie Sanders, Megan Greisen and Patrick Kessi have filed for seats on the council.

Sanders is a social services worker for the state of Oregon. She’s lived in Scappoose for about five years. Greisen grew up in Scappoose and recently returned to her native city. She previously taught elementary school and is now a stay-at-home mom.

Kessi could not be reached before presstime.

South Columbia County’s electric district, Columbia River PUD, has three seats up for election this year.

Incumbent and Board President Jake Carter is running unopposed for Subdivision 4, representing St. Helens. Richard Simpson, the longest sitting director on the PUD board, is also running for reelection to represent Subdivision 3. He faces challenger Rob Mathers, a 17-year resident of St. Helens who works as a business development manager for Kinder Morgan Inc.

In Subdivision 1, which includes Scappoose, newcomers Debbie Reed and Nancy Ward are vying for the seat currently held by Dave Baker. Baker is not seeking another term.

Ward is semi-retired but does administrative work part-time for a property management company based in Lake Oswego. She has lived in her district for the last decade.

Reed, who is also the wife of Scappoose City Councilor and mayoral candidate Mark Reed, could not be reached before presstime.