Deadline to file for city council, mayor nears
The deadline to file for mayor or a seat on the city council in Madras, Culver or Metolius is less than a week away. In Oregon, the last day to file is Tuesday, Aug. 28.
Each of the local communities will have three seats and the mayor's position up for grabs in the November general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
In Madras, incumbents have filed for all three open seats, as well as the mayor's position, but not necessarily the same position, according to Karen Coleman, city recorder.
Mayor Royce Embanks has filed for a seat on the Madras City Council, while Councilor Richard Ladeby has filed for the position of mayor.
Embanks, who served on the City Council from 2003 through 2014, will have served as mayor for two complete two-year terms, since he was elected to the position in November 2014, and took office in January 2015.
Ladeby, who worked as the food services manager for Deer Ridge Correctional Institution until his retirement, has served on the council since January 2011, and decided to run when Embanks said he was not planning to seek a third term.
"He asked if I would be interested in running for mayor," said Ladeby, who has served as council president for the past two years. "I talked about it with my wife and decided to see how it went."
"I'm excited about the opportunity to be mayor, and hopefully, I can continue the direction Madras has been going for the last several years, with the new businesses that have come into town and the improvements we have made," said Ladeby, who praised Embanks' leadership. "We have a very cohesive City Council that is able to come to agreements that benefit our citizens."
Councilors Bartt Brick and Rosalind "Rose" Canga have filed to retain their seats. Brick, a retired banker, was appointed in January 2016 to fill a seat vacated by Jim Leach, who moved away. Canga, a retired public health nurse from the Philippines, was appointed to the council in October 2017. This will be the first local election for both.
Contact Coleman at 541-475-2344 to apply or learn more about the positions. The filing deadline is Aug. 28.
Culver City Council
So far, two people have filed for the mayor's position in Culver, and only one person has filed for one of the three open seats on the Culver City Council.
"We have two people running for mayor, Ginger Gann and Nancy Diaz," said Donna McCormack, Culver city recorder. "Both have applied."
Diaz, who has been mayor since January 2014, also served on the council prior to becoming mayor, from 2009 through 2013.
City Councilor Hilario Diaz has filed to retain his seat on the council, but no one has yet filed for position 1, held by Charles Rushing since 2014, or position 2, held by Sharon Orr, since prior to 2014.
To apply for a position, McCormack said, "Either pay $25, or get 20 valid signatures." Filing must be complete by Aug. 28.
Contact McCormack at the Culver City Hall, at 541-546-6494, for more information.
Metolius City Council
Three Metolius City Council positions and the Metolius mayor's position will all be ending at the end of 2018, and so far, two people have filed for council positions and three people for mayor.
Incumbent mayor John Chavez, who was elected in 2016, after serving on the council from January 2013 through 2016, is running for a second term. He will be challenged by two city councilors: Tryna Muilenburg and Foncie "Carl" Elliott, according to James Stratton, Metolius city clerk. All three have submitted their approved paperwork.
City Councilor Patty Wyler has filed to retain her seat — position 3, and Dan Dulaney, to retain his seat — position 2. Wyler was appointed to the council in 2011, and first elected in 2014. Dulaney has served on the council for the past two years.
Muilenburg's seat on the Metolius City Council, position 5, will be open, since she is running for mayor and her position ends in 2018. She has served on the council for eight years. Elliott's seat, position 1, does not expire until the end of 2020. He has served four years on the council and four years as mayor.
To file for the Metolius City Council, a candidate must collect 20 signatures, get them approved by the Jefferson County Clerk's Office, and return them to the Metolius City Hall by Aug. 28.
For more information, call 541-546-5533.