The city of Dundee is in a bit of a pickle: at year's end it will have three openings on its City Council, but only two incumbents have filed for reelection in the Nov. 3 general election.
"I came on board in 2007, I do not recall this happening (before) in my tenure," City Administrator Rob Daykin said. "Typically, we do not see many challengers to the incumbents. The most was in 2008 when six persons vied for three positions."
Solutions are few: encourage residents to mount a write-in campaign over the next couple of weeks or the council can wait and appoint a qualified candidate at its first meeting of the new year.
The quandary surfaced when Kristen Svicarovich chose not to join fellow incumbent councilors Tim Weaver and Jeannette Adlong in seeking reelection to another four-year term on the council, which consists of six councilors and the mayor.
"That leaves an option for write-ins to fill the third open position," Daykin determined after conferring with the county clerk's office.
But mounting a write-in campaign isn't as easy as it sounds.
"After receiving the certified election results from the Yamhill County clerk, the city will need to confirm that any write-ins meet the eligibility requirements in the city charter (qualified elector residing in the city during the 12 months immediately preceding Nov. 3)," Daykin said. "The eligible person with the most write-in votes will be offered the nomination and, if accepted, will fill the position."
If that person doesn't accept the nomination, the city will go to the person garnering the second most write-in votes and repeats the process.
If the city doesn't receive any write-in votes or an eligible candidate refuses the nomination, the council can appoint an individual in January, assuming candidates come forward.
The write-in process, for voters at least, is simple: ballots began being distributed on Oct. 14 and voters will see a space adjacent to Weaver and Adlong's names to write in a candidate for the third council position.
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