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Three council seats and the mayor's position are all up for election in November

PMG PHOTO: ANNA DEL SAVIO - Scappoose City Council members listen to speakers at a council meeting.The candidate filing period for Scappoose City Council is now open.

In the Nov. 3, 2020 election, voters in Scappoose will elect three city councilors and the mayor. The city council consists of the mayor, who serves a two-year term, and six councilors, who serve four-year terms, with three council seats up for election every two years. The winners in November will begin their terms on Jan. 1, 2021.

Mayor Scott Burge, Council President Patrick Kessi and Councilors Megan Greisen and Pete McHugh will finish their terms this year.

In Scappoose, voters fill in ballot bubbles for their top three choices because the positions are at-large, rather than each candidate running for a particular seat.

In 2016, Kessi, Greisen and Natalie Sanders were elected with 30%, 27%, and 21% of the vote, respectively. Sanders beat out Joel Haugen by just a dozen votes, but Haugen ran again and was elected in 2018.

In 2018, Haugen, Josh Poling and Brandon Lesowske were elected with 31%, 27% and 24% of the vote, respectively, in a race with four candidates.

Burge ran unopposed in 2018, after first being elected in 2016 with 69% of the vote against one other candidate.

He was first elected in 2006 and has been reelected six times since. He ran unopposed in all but one of those races.

Sanders resigned last year when her family moved out of the area and McHugh was appointed by the council to fill her seat.

Greisen and Kessi were both elected for the first time in 2016.

Candidates must file for election by Aug. 14. To be eligible to run, candidates must be registered to vote in Oregon and have resided within the Scappoose city limits for at least year prior to the election.


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