The District 3 position on the Newberg City Council will go before voters once again this fall, with longtime Councilor Denise Bacon running to maintain her position. Bacon has just one contender for the council spot: GFU administrator Adam McGuffie.
Bacon has served on the council since 2009 after being elected in 2008. She was reappointed in 2013 and her current term is up at the end of this year, left up to voters on Nov. 3. She is heavily involved in the community and is also the founder of Project: Children, which "provides a way to voice concern for the effects the environment has on children's health," according to her City Council bio.
Bacon's current employment finds her as a field coordinator at the Ford Family Foundation. She describes herself as a small business owner and holds two degrees from Ashford University: a bachelor's in political science and a master's in public administration. She is pursuing her doctorate at the university and has just her dissertation remaining in her studies.
McGuffie, Bacon's challenger, has an extensive academic background as well. He received a bachelor's degree in music from the University of Valley Forge before earning his master's of divinity in leadership studies at George Fox University, where he now works. McGuffie's position at GFU is "Creative Content & Hybrid Learning Specialist," according to his council application.
McGuffie also brings various other professional experiences to the table, including work as a freelance digital storytelling and marketing consultant. He was a creative director at the Grace Assembly of God from 2009 to 2011, an associate pastor at Cross Road Assembly from 2013 to 2014, and the executive pastor at Family Life Church from 2015 to 2017. He has no prior government experience.
For more information on the council races, visit www.NewbergOregon.gov.
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