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Depoe Bay: City Councilor Barbara Leff doesn’t get enough write in votes in her belated bid for mayor

Barbara Leff Depoe Bay City Councilor

Barbara Leff
Depoe Bay City Councilor

Depoe Bay City Councilor Barbara Leff has lost her belated attempt to become Depoe Bay’s next mayor. Mayor AJ Mattila tallied up 358 votes requiring Leff to get at least 359 write-in votes to succeed him. It appears she did not.

County Elections Clerk Dana Jenkins told News Lincoln County that although they have until November 18th to announce the final tally in the election, it is obvious to him that the remaining write-in votes left to count simply are not enough to give Leff a mathematical chance to win. The same was said to be the case for other write-in candidates who also stepped forward after the filing deadline for other city council positions on the ballot.

Much of the long-running political tumult was sparked by the death of City Councilor Skip Hoitink who had been locked in a political tug of war with Mayor Mattila. One issue involved what Hoitink claimed sounded to him like promises were made by Mattila to give an unsolicited city “grant” to the sheriff’s office and another “grant” to a local non-profit group without first consulting the rest of the council.

Councilor Leff says she thanks everyone who took the time to vote for her.

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