Incumbents will not seek reelection in Shady Cove

Washington has nothing on Shady Cove. In fact, residents humorously say the nation’s capitol could learn a thing or two from this small town. With the November election only four months off, speculation is already running wild on who the candidates will be.

The three seats to be filled are Mayor Ruth Keith’s, a two-year term,
and the council seats of Alison Curtis and Lois Holland, both four-year
terms. Keith said she has no plans to run again at this time and so has
Curtis. Holland has indicated she will not run but residents wonder,
can she really bow out of politics?
   
Then there is also the
"what-if" position. Councilor Bill Kyle is attempting to sell his house
and what if he succeeds? Another position would open, to possibly be
filled by appointment if the filing deadline has passed.
   
In
the past two years, tough issues such as FEMA, the public safety fee
and a proposed ban on open-burning gave a number of resident’s
political ambitions. But a new State of Oregon ethics law has put a
crimp in some aspirations. Candidates must now disclose major sources
of income, business interests, real estate holdings and the names of
adult relatives.
   
So far, only Judy Shanrock has announced
her candidacy.  Shanrock, seeking a council seat, said she initiated
her paperwork at city hall on June 25. Deputy Recorder, Margaret
Borgen, confirmed that only one resident had filed at that time. Some
citizens that have indicated an interest in seeking office said they
will wait until the last minute to file and, so, speculation continues.
   
The
period for filing ends August 19 at 3:30 p.m. Qualifications are that a
candidate be a qualified voter (elector), live in Shady Cove for the
preceding 12 months, and get signatures of 20 electors on a petition.
Questions should be directed to the city recorder at 878-8204.
   
Forms
are available at city hall, 22451 Highway 62, during business hours of
9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through
Thursday.
By Margaret Bradburn
Of the Independent

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