Changes coming to Newberg City Council
When the general election comes around next fall missing from the ballot will be some familiar names from Newberg politics.
Absent will be Bob Andrews, who didn't file for re-election to mayor after three four-year terms in office. Joining him in leaving the Newberg City Council will be councilor Scott Essin. Councilor Stephen McKinney remains undecided whether he will run for re-election.
In addition to Essin and McKinney, Patrick Johnson's term on the council will end at year's end. However, Johnson has indicated he will file for re-election.
Andrews first began serving as a city councilor in January 2003, then won the race for mayor in 2006, then again in 2010 and 2014.
"I am not going to re-run," he said. "I'm just going to give time to myself and my family and that is what I am looking forward to. The invitation goes out to all those who are interested and qualified."
McKinney was appointed to serve District 2 on the council in December 2008 and was elected in 2010 and again in 2014.
By year's end he will have served for a decade, he said, adding that "There was a couple of fiascos … (but) there is no job better than being a city councilor. (It depends) on city hall and what happens there, if I run again. I will decide by the end of this term."
Johnson serves in District 4 and was appointed to council in 2016.
"This week marks two years I have been on city council," Johnson said in March. "If you would have told me back when I graduated from Newberg High School, or even George Fox, that I would be a city councilor in Newberg one day, I wouldn't have believed you. This has been a very challenging and rewarding position and I hope to continue to serve."
Essin was elected to serve District 6 on the council in 2015.
"I have talked to my wife and we feel that one term is enough so I will not be running …," Essin said. "I am appreciative of the support given to me by the citizens. Serving as city councilor has been a great experience. I recommend serving on the city council to those who love their city and the community."
The city council positions are elected by district; the mayor is elected at-large. Terms are four years and any person interested in running for office can do so by filing a petition and collecting 25 signatures of qualified voters of the city.