WEATHER IN LINCOLN COUNTY


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Political office hopefuls file and start running

Who's running for what in Lincoln County....

Who’s running for what in Lincoln County….

See story correction below – Lincoln City City Council Race

It appears that the Lincoln County election roster is finally complete, right down to Wayne Hoffman’s solo candidacy for the Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation District at large seat.

But we digress….

Everybody knows who’s running for President of the U.S. So we’ll skip over that and head to semi-local races. Incumbent U.S. Senator Ron Wyden has drawn a GOP challenger, Mark Callahan who has run under several political party banners but who is widely known as a rather conservative sort, calling himself Pro God, Pro Gun and Pro Life. The polls show Wyden with a “Yuuuge” lead over everybody. Looks like another 6 years in the Senate for Mr. Wyden.

In the District 5 House race, incumbent Democrat Kurt Schrader is facing Republican challenger Colm Willis. Mr. Willis is a Stayton attorney who is avidly opposed to abortion and is quite active in his pro-life stance.

For State Senate District 5 it’s Democrat incumbent Arnie Roblan of Coos Bay facing former Lincoln City Mayor and current City Councilor Dick Anderson. Anderson, a Republican, most recently ran unsuccessfully for Lincoln County Commissioner.

For State Representative District 10, which covers Lincoln County north of Yachats, incumbent Democrat David Gomberg faces Republican challenger Tom Donohue, who is the Chairman of the Tillamook County Republican Central Committee. He’s a tech support worker for the State Lottery. His political views are decidedly conservative clearly reflecting his end of the district.

For State Representative District 9, which includes only Yachats and points south, incumbent Democrat Caddy McKeown of Coos Bay is facing two opponents, Libertarian Guy Rosinbaum of Florence and Teri Grier of North Bend.

Non-partisan races for Lincoln County Assessor and Sheriff have just one candidate each, Joe Davidson for County Assessor and current Sheriff Curtis Landers seeing his first elected term after being appointed to the post due to the recent retirement of former Sheriff Dennis Dotson. Incumbent County Treasurer Linda Pilson is seeking another four year term who is also not opposed.

Heading into the “closer-to-home” categories, the city of Depoe Bay has four candidates for Mayor. Incumbent Mayor A J Mattila is facing current City Councilor Jerome Grant. Incumbent Robert Gambino has also filed along with former City Councilor Barbara Leff. So it’ll be interesting.

As for the Depoe Bay City Council races…in Position One, local businessman Loren Goddard is the only one who filled out the candidacy paperwork. So unless a write-in candidate gets lucky, Mr. Goddard has the job. Mr. Goddard has long been involved in local civic affairs and owns, with his former city councilor wife Dorinda, a local charter fishing and whale watching operation.

For City Council Position 2, incumbent appointed City Councilor Jan Rustenhoven will face challenger Debbie Callender.

For City Council Position 3, Charlie Bates is unopposed so he’ll have to brave a write-in challenger, if one comes out of the woodwork.

The situation is the same for council position 5 with incumbent Jeff Wiseman.

Editor’s Note: In the following Lincoln City races candidates Jim Davis and James Scrutton were identified as VRD owners. We have been told they are not VRD owners and so the correction has been made. We regret the error.

Heading up the coast to Lincoln City for Ward 1, Jim Davis, local contractor is facing Diana Hinton who has been very active in city affairs, serving on the planning commission and is very active in the Roads End area. In Ward 2 it’s retired builder James Scrutton up against Riley Hoagland, who is on the planning commission and the town’s budget committee. For Ward 3 it’s motel owner and builder Doug Wheldon versus Judy Casper who is known for her strong advocacy for affordable workforce housing.

Heading south down the coast to Newport, Mayor Sandra Roumagoux drew no opponents so unless a vigorous write-in candidate emerges, Mayor Roumagoux will have another two years wielding the city council gavel. Two incumbent city councilors Laura Swanson and Dean Sawyer have no opponents. Incumbent Ralph Busby chose not to run again, prompting Dietmar Goebel to run for the seat – Goebel fairly active in city civic affairs.

Inland and upriver in Siletz, incumbent Mayor John Robinson is running unopposed along with incumbent city councilors Ron Hervey and Patrizia Skauge.

Heading south from there down Highway 229, the mayorship of Toledo is up again – incumbent Mayor Billie Jo Smith the only official candidate. Mayor Smith has had the interesting distinction of presiding over an all female city council. However, with lady councilors Michele Johnson and Alma Baxter not filing for re-election the brief two years with an all lady council appears in dire jeopardy – Stephen Burdick, Josh Smith and former Mayor Ralph Grutzmacher have filed for council seats, along with Deanne Dunlap and incumbent Jackie Kauffman. So the days of the all female council will likely come to a close at the end of the year. The town is also looking for a permanent new city manager. So, change is a constant in Toledo.

Heading south from Toledo, we come to the Alsea Bay Heaven of Waldport, where incumbent Mayor Susan Woodruff had a challenger as of a few days ago by the name of James Lewman, but looking at the latest list issued by the county clerk’s office, his name has disappeared. A call to the County Election Clerk’s Office revealed that it was discovered that Mr. Lewman was not a registered voter which is a iron-clad requirement to become a candidate for elected office.

As for the Waldport City Council itself, incumbent councilor Bob O’Brien has filed for re-election unopposed, with newcomers Pat Warwick and Greg Dunn running for the remainder of the open seats. So no contested elections in Waldport other than a ballot question whether the city of Waldport should be legally allowed to charge a 3% sales tax on recreational marijuana.

South of there, in the quaint seaside community of Yachats, long time Mayor Ron Brean decided to step aside and let someone else take over, which drew candidates in the form of Gerald Stanley and W. John Moore. So we have a verified contest for mayor. As for the council itself two openings and two candidates: Max Glenn and Jim Tooke. So whatever fireworks may erupt, it’ll be over the mayoral race.

Other positions up for a vote: No one filed for an empty seat for Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation District Zone 1. Sterling Grant is apparently going to be elected to fill a four year term on the Lincoln County Soil and Conservation Distict seat for Zone 3. He was the only one that filed for it. No candidate for Zone 4. None for Zone 5. But as stated at the beginning of this very long news article, Wayne Hoffman was the sole candidate to file for the district “at large” seat.

Also on the local ballot are recreational marijuana tax questions for the towns of Newport, Waldport, Yachats, Depoe Bay, Lincoln City and for the unincorporated areas of the county – all asking whether they can levy a 3% sales tax on the now legal plant.

Voters in the Yachats Rural Fire Protection District will be asked to approve a property tax-backed bond to build a new Yachats Fire Station – sticker price $7.7 million with a property tax assessment of 69-cents per thousand dollars of assessed valuation, or just under $70 a year for each $100,000 of taxable assessed value. The idea is to build a new fire station that is re-located higher up a hill so the station would no longer be a sitting duck for a tsunami.

And the Seal Rock Fire Protection District is looking for a bump-up in property taxes so the district can hire some full time firefighters. Right now the only paid staff is the fire chief. During the day, fire calls for traffic crashes, house fires and search and rescue produce very few volunteer firefighters since most of them work out of the area during the day. The chief says they need paid staff to make the fire department better able to properly respond to emergencies. The levy increase of 40-cents per thousand of assessed value equals $40 a year for each $100,000 (or fraction thereof) of assessed value on the tax bill.

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