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Woodburn adjusts it's council-candidacy application's petition requirements amid COVID-19 environment

CITY OF WOODBURN - City of Woodburn logo, Woodburn Independent - News  The Woodburn City Council voted to temporarily forgo the petition requirement for candidates filing to run for city offices.

The temporary procedure change was formulated by City Attorney Bob Shields and City Recorder Heather Pierson in light of COVID-19 concerns and safe-distancing orders.

"For a one-year period, the process would be different: Instead of a nominating petition with 20 signatures, it would be a declaration of candidacy," Shields told the council prior to the vote. "Some jurisdictions do that; it's legal to do that."

Shields said they put a sunset clause into the ordinance in order to preserve Woodburn's petition process. So the declaration of candidacy in lieu of the petition will be in effect for only one year and will apply to candidates filing to run for city offices in the Nov. 3 general election.

The filing period for mayor and city council positions will open June 3.

City positions to be voted upon in the Nov. 3 election are mayor (two-year term), and four-year council positions in Ward I, Ward II and Ward VI, which are in precincts 815, 825 and 865 respectively.

Pierson noted that candidate filing forms and instructions are available from the city recorder and will be posted on the city's website.

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