Depoe Bay City Councilor Skip Hoitink has expressed his intent to file for Mayor of Depoe Bay saying, “I’m challenging incumbent Mayor AJ Mattila because the voters of Depoe Bay deserve a choice – not just one name on the ballot.” Hoitink added that “I’d also like to bring the Depoe Bay City Council back to being a cooperative team on behalf of the citizens of Depoe Bay.”
Hoitink has been on the streets of Depoe Bay gathering voter signatures and so far he claims he has more signatures than is required under the city charter to qualify his candidacy for Mayor. He said he’ll turn those signatures in Tuesday at the county clerk’s office for voter signature verification.
Hoitink was the subject of an effort by a bare majority of the city council to oust him from his council seat based on their belief that Hoitink no longer legally lived in Depoe Bay – and therefore was no longer eligible, under city charter, to serve on the council. Although Hoitink says he does spend time at an apartment he rents in Newport, he still claims his Depoe Bay home, which he co-owns with his wife Linda, is his legal residence. Linda also says Skip’s legal home is their house in Depoe Bay. The Depoe Bay City Attorney advised the council to drop the matter because proving somebody is not a resident is very difficult, especially when the Hoitinks own property, pay taxes and maintain the residence under their shared ownership. The council majority that initiated the challenge has since backed away from their attempt to kick Hoitink off the council.