Hear viewpoints of EP council candidates Oct. 11, Commissioner candidates Oct. 18

The Eagle Point/Upper Rogue Chamber of Commerce will hold an Candidate’s Fair on Monday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Ashpole Center. This fair will be for candidates for the Eagle Point City Council (the city’s governing body.) It will be an opportunity to hear from the candidates, ask questions and meet them if you haven’t already.


Candidates for mayor are Bob Russell and Rick Tree. Bob owns Butte Creek Mill and is vice president of the Chamber. He also serves on the Eagle Point Economic Development Committee. Rick is currently on the city council. He has been the council representative on Regional Problem Solving, having stepped into that position following the death of councilor Garey Walruff. Rick has helped the Eagle Point Community Association solicit donations for the 4th of July fireworks. He is employed by Qwest and has lived in Eagle Point for about 20 years.


Seeking the three council seats are Jonathan Bilden, Ruth Jenks, Leon Sherman and Kathy Sell.

Jonathan is president-elect of the Chamber, president of Rotary, and sits no the Eagle Point Economic Development Committee. He served a term as a board member of District 9. He manages High Point Management, is managing John Rachor’s campaign and was in on the organizing of the Taxpayers Union USA.

Ruth is past president of the Eagle Point Golf Community Homeowner’s Association, has been involved in the SMART program and in Master Gardeners. She is retired from a corporate position in California.

Leon can no longer serve as mayor due to term limits but has a long history with the community and wants to see some things to completion, so he is running for council. Leon spent a number of years as Eagle Point Police Chief, before becoming a councilor and now finishing four years as mayor.

Kathy is on the board of directors of the Chamber and is a member of the Economic Development Committee. She and her husband own Valley Feed & Pet Supply in Eagle Point. She spends early morning hours (generally from 4:30 or 5 a.m. until 9 or 10 a.m.)  in the spring and fall with Forest Capitol Partners, LLC as part of the contract administration.  Summer finds her part of the management team at the Cub Scout Camp at Lake of the Woods, full-time from noon Thursday through Monday; then working at the Independent Tues, Wed & part of Thursday.  This routine lasts about three weeks. Other than that, she is the production manager for the Upper Rogue Independent.

The format will be a set number of questions, with each candidate allowed a certain time to answer. This will be in addition to time for each to introduce him or herself. Tthere will be time for questions from the audience as well. Refreshments will be served.

A similar event will be held Oct. 18at 7 p.m. at the Ashpole Center  for the candidates for county commissioner .

Please mark Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. on your calendar and plan to attend the Eagle Point Candidates Fair.

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