Eleven vie for Gresham city leadership
It's going to be a busy political season in Gresham this year.
Eleven candidates have filed for four positions on the City Council — including a contested mayoral race. All four incumbents have thrown their hats into the ring for the 2018 General Election that will take place on Nov. 6.
Incumbent Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis is facing a challenger in his attempt at a fourth term. Allen Cox filed with an eye on becoming the 27th mayor of Gresham.
Two people are vying for Council Position 2 — incumbent Kirk French and Eddy Morales, the founder of East County Rising. French, the council president, was previously elected to a four-year term after having been appointed to fill a vacancy in the seat.
The most heavily contested race is for Council Position 4, which has six candidates. Incumbent Mario Palmero faces Antonio Medel, Benjamin Jones, Ryan C. Johnson, Raymond Love and Paul Drechsler. Palmero was elected on Nov. 4 after being appointed to fill the vacant seat.
Councilor Janine Gladfelter has the easiest path to reelection, running unopposed for Council Position 6. Gladfelter was appointed to fill the vacancy left by Commissioner Lori Stegmann on Jan. 24, 2017.
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