Newport City Councilor Dean Sawyer has thrown his candidacy papers into the ring for Mayor of Newport, challenging incumbent Mayor Sandra Roumagoux for the top slot on the Council.
Sawyer said in his news release:
I believe that my experience in over 30 years as a police supervisor with
the city gives me an understanding of the work that can be accomplished by
the city’s great staff. Serving on the council the past four years has
given me the knowledge to handle the more complicated and sometimes
politically tough decisions. I have also worked hard at building consensus
when dealing with complex issues to find the best solution for everyone.
I will not be seeking any endorsements from any special interest groups for
Sawyer listed his track record over the past four years and goals should he be elected Mayor:
Issues that I have worked on in the past four years:
• Helped to establish City Council Town Halls where Counselors and
residents talk directly about specific issues they face in their
• Met with small neighbor groups to discuss a particular problem in their
part of town by bringing city staff and citizens together to get solutions
they all could agree on.
• To see that large controversial issues have input from the entire
• Worked with the regional transportation committee to get over $2 million for projects here in Newport
• Worked with the city’s tourism grant task force to allocate and monitor
$1 million in local projects like the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Pacific
Maritime & Heritage Center, OMSI, sea lion docks, and other projects
designed to bring in more tourist dollars.
• Worked to help provide more affordable housing for our local workforce
When issues occur I rely on my background to fully investigate the issues,
be responsive to all sides and use all available resources to resolve them
in a timely manner.
Issues that I would like to work on as Mayor:
• To increase residents participation by establishing social media and
twitter resources for residents to get current information and to give
feedback to the city
• To work with the Marine Science Center, the Community College, OSU, OMSI,
NOAA and the local school district to bring marine science professionals to
our local schools. To encourage and support the School District’s Ocean
• To work with groups to find ways to increase our students knowledge and
encourage them to get higher education and to see that they’re able to
continue living here by being hired for rewarding professional careers.
• To work with local businesses and the Chamber of Commerce to enhance
local development and to look for additional economic development
• To work with the businesses and residents of South Beach to move to
increase traffic flow and access to areas including the new OMSI camp.
These projects have been set in motion to eventually make South Beach a
more vibrant place to live and work in.
• To move forward on the undergrounding of overhead power lines in the
north Highway 101 and Highway20 corridors.