Bill Bain, nearly four years gone from the Newport City Council appears to have regained a burning desire to rejoin it. Bain, a former assessor for Lane County, Newport City Councilor and former Mayor of Newport, has filed his candidacy for city council in the upcoming November election. Bain observed that there are three seats open and only two confirmed candidates for those seats, both of them incumbents, David Allen and Mark Saelens. He said there should be more candidates than that for the council. So he filed.
Bain says unfinished business for Newport is to stay on a course at replacing sewer and water distributions systems, promote economic development primarily through the intelligent application of urban renewal and do everything possible to ensure that Oregon State University establishes a four year campus in South Beach, which OSU appears determined to do.
Bain had some rocky stretches in his serving as Mayor of Newport over four years ago. Back in 2010 Bain shredded employee evaluation documents on then City Manager Jim Voetberg and City Attorney Penelope McCarthy. When confronted with the deed Bain at first denied any knowledge that the documents were public documents but later recanted and admitted that he knew they were but he did it anyway. He apologized to the council for his behavior, partially explaining it as an exercise of self-delusion.
Bain was a keen supporter of trying to establish scheduled airline service between Newport and Portland. There was some debate as to whether that service ought to be provided by SeaPort Air, which flew very expensive aircraft versus another small airline that flew smaller aircraft which, in the opinion of some, had the best chance of making the service self-supporting without state subsidies. SeaPort Air got the contract. But as soon as the state subsidies ran out, so did Seaport Air.
Be all that as it may, Mr. Bain is a colorful character and always seems to make things interesting. We’ll see whether the voters of Newport want him back on the council for another four years.Share on Facebook