Newport City Councilor Dean Sawyer has hinted for years he’d like to sit in the chair in the city council chambers that has the name tag “Mayor” on it. But finally he’s announced he’s going to take a serious crack at it. He’s running for Mayor this November.
Sawyer, who has been pretty much middle-of-the-road politically says he’s well qualified to be mayor and has a long list of projects he claims will move the city forward, faster.
Sawyer says he’d like to see downtown Newport get something more than just a facelift. He wants strong retail outlets that will draw shoppers downtown. Sawyer says he’d like to underground utilities along Highway 101 from Fred Meyer south to Highway 20, much like 101 has been decluttered of power lines all the way south from Highway 20 to the bridge.
Sawyer says he’s been reminded many times that residents of South Beach want a grocery store that can actually meet the needs of residents. And throw in a gas station, too!
Other possible candidates for mayor include city councilors Dietmar Goebel and Laura Swanson. Current Mayor Sandra Roumagoux has said that two terms as mayor should be enough She said she wants to devote more time to her artwork and helping budding artists perfect their artistic talents.
Sawyer says he’ll soon have more details on his mayoral goals as he runs for the city’s top office in November. Sawyer is retired from the Newport Police Department.