Rogers elected Newberg's next mayor
Newberg voters overwhelmingly elected Rick Rogers as the city's next mayor, defeating two challengers and securing nearly 64 percent of the vote.
Rogers, 59, is the executive director of Newberg Habitat for Humanity and has several years of experience serving on city boards and commissions. In January he will replace Bob Andrews, who chose not to seek re-election as leader of the City Council.
Rogers handily defeated challengers Nicholas Morace and Buddy Cook, the latter who did not actively running. Morace received just over 28 percent of the vote (2,486 votes) compared to Rogers's 5,584 votes. Cook placed a distant third, with just under 8 percent of the total vote (685 votes).
Neither Morace or Cook responded to multiple requests for comment.
Rogers, the father of three Newberg High School graduates who were standouts in swimming and water polo, is also the coach of the NHS rugby team. He was raised in Hawaii, but also lived in the Philippines as a boy. His family moved to Brazil for his junior year of high school and he finished high school in Massachusetts.
Rogers remarked Friday that he was excited to take on the role of Newberg mayor, saying he was honored that the city residents wanted him to do the job.
"We live in a great community with a tremendous amount of assets," he said.
The most pressing issue facing the city is the budget deficit, which is around $1.4 million, he said, adding "We need to tackle that right away."
Rogers said there are several ways to potentially address the budget shortfall, inducing the possibility of increasing taxes.
Rogers credited Andrews for the dozen years he lead the council.
"We owe him a great debt," Rogers said. He also praised the work of outgoing councilors Stephen McKinney and Scott Essin, both of whom decided not to run again.
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Newcomer Elizabeth Gemeroy ran unopposed for the District 2 seat being vacated by McKinley. In District 4, incumbent Patrick Johnson was re-elected to his seat after running unopposed. In the District 6 seat being vacated by Essin, Stephanie Findley defeated challenger Brad Sitton by a margin of 5,007 to 1,777 as she secured just more than 73 percent of the vote.