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Seven-term Gervais mayor Shanti Platt not running for reelection; city council features three openings

FILE PHOTO - After serving as Gervais mayor since 2006, Shanti Platt will not be running for reelection in the 2020 general election on Nov. 3.After serving as Gervais mayor for nearly 14 years, Shanti Platt is ready to step aside for someone else to take the lead. Who that someone else is remains to be seen.

The mayoral position, as well as three City Council seats are open for this year's general election to be held Nov. 3. Prospective candidates seeking to run for either mayor or council have until now through Aug. 25 to file their candidacy.

Platt has served seven consecutive terms since first being elected in 2006. She is the second longest-serving city official behind five-term City Councilor Michael Gregory, who was elected to his position in 2000 and has won reelection four consecutive times.

Gregory's seat is one of three positions on the City Council that is open in November, along with those of colleagues Micky Wagner and Baltazar "JR" Gonzalez. Wagner has served two terms after being elected in 2012 and 2016, while Gonzalez was elected to his seat in the 2016 general election.

All positions on the Gervais City Council and the mayoral seat are unpaid and begin Jan. 1. The council positions are four-year terms, while the mayor's position is a two-year term.

All positions on the council are nonpartisan and are elected at large. Candidates may reside in any part of the community and represent all the city's constituents. The top three vote-getters in the November election will take the three open seats.

Prospective candidates must be a qualified elector under state law and reside within the city for at least one year immediately before election or appointment to office. Election filing packets are available at Gervais City Hall, located at 592 4th St., and online at gervaisoregon.org.

For additional information, contact City Hall at 503-792-4900.

WOODBURN

The city of Woodburn features three open seats on the city council, as well the mayoral position currently held by first-term Mayor Eric Swenson.

The mayoral term is a two-year position that is at large — open to anyone living within Woodburn city limits.

Woodburn's city council is divided into six wards, each representing different parts of the city. To run for city council, a candidate must reside within the ward they are running for.

The open council seats are four-year terms and are:

- Ward 1, currently held by Debbie Cabrales, the western-most ward that includes parts of the Woodburn Estates and Golf, along with the Woodburn Premium Outlets.

- Ward 2, currently held by Lisa Ellsworth, the southeastern-most ward that spans from North Front Street and East Lincoln Street east toward Pacific Highway 99E.

- Ward 6, currently held by Eric Morris, which borders the north side of Ward 2, running from North Front Street and East Lincoln Street north to Highway 214 and east toward Pacific Highway 99E.

Candidate filing forms and instructions are available from the City Recorder and will be posted on the City website, https://www.woodburn-or.gov/.

AURORA

The Aurora City Council will have two open positions on the city council, as well as the mayoral seat held by Brian Asher on the November ballot. The mayor position is a two-year term that begins January 2021 and expires January 2023. The others are council positions three and four, held by Mercedes Rhoden-Feely and Tom Heitmanek, respectively. Both are for four-year terms that begin January 2021 and expire January 2025.

Any candidate must be a qualified elector with six months of residency prior to the general election.

To file, candidates must pick up SEL 101, 121 and 338 forms at City Hall, fill them out and return them to the city recorder. Once the recorder verifies that residency requirements are met and assigns a petition number, candidates will then be allowed to collect signatures to qualify for the ballot. The city charter requires 15 valid signatures from registered voters. Candidates are advised to collect more signatures than are required in order to meet the qualifications.

The deadline to file for any of these positions is Aug. 25. Candidates wishing to file a statement for inclusion in the voter pamphlet must do so by September 8.

For more information, call City Hall at 503-678-1283 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MOUNT ANGEL

Three positions on the Mount Angel City Council, as well as that of mayor, are open for election in November.

The mayoral seat, currently held by Kelly Grassman, is a two-year position.

The City Council seats held by Sarah Bauman, Pete Wall, along with a third vacant seat are four-year at large positions.

Candidates must be a registered voters and must have lived in the city during the 12 months immediately preceding the election. No person may be a candidate for the offices of mayor and council member at the same election. By City Charter, candidates may file either by declaration (filing fee) or by petition (obtaining no fewer than 20 elector signatures).

Candidates must file either a completed position or declaration of candidacy with the city by 5 p.m. Aug. 25.

For detailed information, contact contact Colby Kemp, assistant to the city manager by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; call 503-845-9291 or visit https://www.ci.mt-angel.or.us/general/page/city-council-elections-1.

HUBBARD

Hubbard has one two-year mayoral position held by Charles Rostocil, along with two four-year council positions held by Tyler Thomas and James Audritsh on the Nov. 3 ballot.

City notes state that a Hubbard resident is eligible for an elective city office if at the time of the election he or she is a qualified elector within the meaning of the state constitution and has resided in Hubbard during the 12 months immediately preceding the elections.

For information, contact City Recorder Vickie Noble at 503-981-9633 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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