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Thursday evening update: Citizens more accepting of charter change to have City Commission, not just the mayor, select members of two appointed bodies.

Oregon City citizens have mixed feelings about proposed charter changes commissioners referred to voters in the May 17 election, according to preliminary election results.

Initial results show about 84% of Oregon City voters oppose a proposal to end term limits, according to an additional small batch of ballots released Thursday night as this election's slow count continues.Rocky Smith

If the initial results hold in Oregon City, about 67% of voters are in favor of a separate measure to revise the charter to allow commissioners (not just the mayor) to select Planning Commission and Historic Review Board members. About 60% of voters are favoring a third measure in early results to elect the top two vote-getters as commissioners, rather than having candidates jockey for specific seats on the commission.

Oregon City Commission President Rocky Smith has previously said he felt "awkward" asking voters to allow him and other elected officials serve without term limits.

Having previously served as a city commissioner from 2009-16, Smith said he liked the city's current system that allowed him to run again for a commission seat in 2018 after a two-year break.

"We don't have a situation where someone can serve for decades in a row," Smith said. "The break forces someone who's been involved in the city to take a break where they can reconnect to the community … rethink where they're at and make the really hard decision to run again."


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