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Lincoln City businessman David Gomberg defeats Newport City Councilor David Allen for the Independent Party nomination for State House District 10


David Gomberg, nominee for both Democratic and Independent parties

During a multi-week voting period online, that ended Tuesday night at 8pm, Independent Party members within the state House District 10 boundaries elected Lincoln City businessman David Gomberg as their nominee for the District 10 seat, being vacated by the retiring Jean Cowan. Gomberg beat Newport City Councilman David Allen 22 votes to 8 votes.

Since Gomberg had earlier wrapped up the Democratic Party nomination as well, there are just two surviving candidates to take each other on this fall as they run for the November ballot. Gomberg and Republican nominee Jerome Grant, a restaurant owner in Depoe Bay.

Here is David Gomberg’s brief bio and introductory offering to the voters in the House 10th District:

Over the past 25 years my wife Susan and I have built a thriving small business. We design, manufacture, and sell kites all around the world. We do entertainment programs for groups like Disney, motion pictures, and the SuperBowl. And we have opened retail stores on the Oregon coast where we have been able to put people to work during this down economy. We are fortunate to have created a successful small business in a community that we love.

We live in a part of the state blessed with natural beauty and remarkable economic potential. But we face challenges here. Our median family income is $33,000 — far below the state average. We have record unemployment, overcrowded classrooms, and a disturbing disconnect between the jobs available and people seeking work. The economy, job training, schools, health care, and the justice system all need help!

In the end, these challenging times demand that we all do what we can to make things better. That’s why I have decided to run for the State Legislature.

I’m running because I can make a real difference fighting for the working families who live in my district. I believe that difficult times provide opportunities for real and constructive change. And after 25 years of marriage, I have learned that compromising doesn’t mean losing.

Eighty percent of new jobs come from businesses like mine and yet few legislators share my small business background.

I want to put my small business experience, my education, and my values to work for our community. I can’t do this without you. I need your help talking with neighbors and friends. I need campaign volunteers. And I need your financial support.

While this campaign will be difficult, I am not willing to let this position slip away and do nothing when there is so much that needs to be done. I’m running hard and plan to win. I’m asking you to join me in this effort.

For more than 20 years Susan and I have lived here on the Coast, built a successful business, created jobs, and worked to make our community better. I’m ready to use my experience and my enthusiasm to help create a brighter economic future for families in Lincoln, Tillamook, and Yamhill Counties.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email. I look forward to working with you over the coming months as we take our state in bold new directions and build a better Oregon for all of us. David Gomberg: David@Electgomberg.com
541-996-3083

For information from Republican nominee Jerome Grant, a Depoe Bay Businessman, click here.

State Senate candidate Arnie Roblan to hold “Telephone Town Hall” tonight, 7pm

Arnie Roblan

Story provided by Arnie Roblan

COOS BAY—Arnie Roblan, state representative for House District 9 and candidate for Oregon’s Senate District 5, will host a conversation on education on Thursday, June 28 at 7:00pm. In order to involve as many coastal citizens as possible the conversation will occur as a telephone town hall. Roblan will be joined by Lincoln County School District Superintendent Tom Rinearson to talk about ideas to support schools and education in Oregon.

Education has been a primary focus for Roblan while serving in Salem as a legislator, because facilitating opportunities for children on the Coast has been his life’s work. Roblan was a teacher, then dean of students, and finally principal at Coos Bay’s Marshfield High School before being elected state representative in 2004.

“I’m committed to creating opportunity on the South Coast, and it starts with education. Our children are our greatest asset and I want to ensure that voters have a chance to share their thoughts on schools and let me know what they want from their Senator in Salem,” said Roblan.

The telephone town hall is designed to make it easy for residents from all corners of the district to participate in the conversation. Residents can simply call the dial-in number: (877) 229-8493, access code 16008, to talk with Roblan and Rinearson about Education and their children’s future on the Oregon Coast.

“I’ve been working to ensure that all of our children on the Coast receive a quality education, but it is important to me to hear my constituents’ thoughts on issues affecting our public schools,” said Roblan. “The telephone town hall is a great way for citizens concerned about education to let their voices be heard.”

Local high school teacher Mark Lorincz said “As a teacher, I am eager to talk with Arnie Roblan regarding ideas about moving our schools forward. This town hall provides the ideal forum to do that. I hope that my fellow community members along the coast will join me in participating in the telephone town hall.”

TOWN HALL INFORMATION
Thursday, June 28 at 7:00 PM
Call in: (877) 229-8493, access code 16008

Mayor Mark McConnell won’t seek re-election

Newport Mayor Mark McConnell announced Monday he will not seek re-election.

McConnell said he wants to change how he volunteers in the community and that he and his wife want to travel more. He said he also wants to enhance his physical fitness.

McConnell said he is proud of the progress the city has made to establish a pro-active and positive approach to putting the city on stronger financial footing. He said part of that meant increased financial reserves and trimming the city’s costs for employee pensions and health care.

McConnell said he had hoped to fill empty store fronts along Highway 101 and to restore city amenities lost due to the recession, but it didn’t happen.

He said he has enjoyed his time as Mayor and that December 31st will be his last say on the job.

Here is the letter Mayor McConnell read to the city council Monday evening.

To the Citizens of Newport-

I have decided not to run for a second term as Mayor of Newport. I am honored to have served the Citizens of Newport for the past four years, first as a City Councilor and then as your Mayor. I am at a time in my life where I wish to use my volunteer time and energies in other areas in the community, to spend more time with my family, and to have time to pursue travel and fitness for myself.

I am very proud of my record as a Councilor and Mayor. I feel my greatest contribution has been to encourage a positive and proactive approach to City business and management. We have conducted two City Employee surveys, numerous Community Forums, started a new Economic Development initiative, and we continue to work on supporting and acknowledging the great and dedicated City Staff.

I have advocated for sound financial policies that will take the City into the future. This includes dealing with the underlying issues in finances concerning lack of reserves, and employee compensation and benefit packages that were unsustainable. I feel that we are now on a track that will allow the City to make sustainable financial plans, and allow for realistic management of the core services the City should be providing.

Every vibrant and progressive City should have work that is unfinished — goals for the future that need energy, resources, and time to accomplish. It needs the leadership and support from the Citizens to get the job done! I am sure that some of the issues that I had hoped to make more progress on will continue to receive attention, and the seeds we have planted these past two years will continue to grow and produce results in the future. I had hoped we would make better progress on revitalizing our Main Street- Highway 101. I had hoped that we would see all of our empty storefronts full of new businesses. I had hoped that we would have more amenities that would attract and keep the younger generation as they look for a place to work and raise a family. I had hoped we would be known for our stewardship of the environment and our efforts to live more sustainable life styles. As a private citizen, I will continue to advocate for my hopes, and will continue to contribute with a “get your hands dirty” approach to positive change for Newport.

Thanks again for the opportunity to serve you, and please get involved in positive change for Newport. The best way to get something done is to roll up your sleeves and help with friendliness and a smile!! Newport is the Volunteer Capital of Oregon!!

Sincerely, Mayor Mark McConnell

Nominees for Lincoln County Commissioner: Brissette, Wisner and Hunt


LC Democratic Central Committee, CLPUD offices, top
Rick Brissette, 2nd
Doug Hunt, 3rd
Theresa Wisner, 4th

Correction: Interviews with commissioners June 4th, 1:30pm, possible decision by the board 9:30am June 6th.

After the Lincoln County Democratic Central Committee heard pitches from nine candidates who would like retiring County Commissioner Don Lindly’s job, the committee picked three candidates for the two remaining commissioners to pick to serve out Lindly’s term: Rick Brissette, Doug Hunt, and Theresa Wisner.

During a fourth round of voting Dave Heater and Ken Lundie both tied for first, but with just four votes each, neither garnered enough votes to reach a majority of committee persons voting. It’s the second disappointing showing for Lundie who just recently lost by a wide margin to incumbent Bill Hall in the Democratic Primary held earlier this month.

So these three picks will be forwarded to remaining county commissioners Bill Hall and Terry Thompson. When contacted tonight Hall said he would be proud to serve alongside any of the three, “but unfortunately Terry (Thompson) and I have to pick just one.”

Theresa Wisner is a long time county resident and businesswoman, owner of Wisner and Associates. Wisner has been a social services advocate for many years, including for My Sister’s Place which serves battered women. She said she supports the “buy local” ethic, knows her way around the country having worked 37 years with county and city officials and has wide experience in public administration and budgeting.

Rick Brissette, former Lincoln City Councilor and Lincoln City business owner touted wide government experience in his involvement with not only the city council but also in advocating services for those stricken with HIV/AIDS. He says he’s very familiar with land use law and regulations, public health, budgeting and advocating for those who need help the most.

And finally, former Umpqua Bank Regional Manager Doug Hunt said he has enjoyed extensive experience with local governments, non-profit agencies and the business community. He said “As a 23 year resident of the county I know the issues. I’ve worked on many of them from serving on the Lincoln County School Board, Lincoln County Budget Committee, Social Services Agency, Regional Workforce Investment Committee, among others.”

All three said they defend the right for women to determine her reproductive preferences and that AIDS/HIV services should be readily available to its victims.

Other unsuccessful candidates were Terry Obteshka, former Newport City Councilor and businessman, Alice Vachss, local attorney, Cody Gray, Siletz area carpenter, David Heater, businessman, Kevin Kutsch, local resident and Ken Lundie, retired fireman and harbor commissioner (California).

County Commissioner Bill Hall and Terry Thompson will interview Brissette, Wisner and Hunt on June 4th at 1:30pm at the county courthouse. Then on Wednesday, during their regular board meeting at 9:30am they’ll try to agree on one of the candidates.

Editorial: Following the rules

When someone runs for public office, they are asking the public to trust them to serve honorably and to uphold the laws and local ordinances of the community they serve. So it was with some interest that we have noted that candidate for Lincoln County Commissioner Ken Lundie appears to be, shall we say, challenged in both capacities.

For one, he earlier portrayed his prior political experience in California (from where he moved a short time ago) as being a “county commissioner.” We learned that he was not a county commissioner in the Oregon sense of the word, but a county HARBOR commissioner in San Mateo County, California. San Mateo County Harbor Commissioners have legal jurisdiction strictly over a set of recreational and commercial fishing docks, not the county as a whole. In light of this very important distinction, we questioned him about about his use of the term “county commissioner” to describe himself. He told us that “I hadn’t thought of it that way. Thanks for bringing it up.”

However, as his campaign progressed, Mr. Lundie continued to call himself a former “county commissioner,” even referring to himself as such in the official voters pamphlet. We find that troubling. Any and all statements made by those in whom we place our civic trust should be clearly transparent and not communicate in terms that are easily susceptible to public confusion or suspicion about what our civic leaders are telling us.

Secondly, Mr. Lundie has shown what can easily be seen as not complying with laws governing the placement of political campaign signs, one very large one at the corner of old SW 8th and 101 in Newport. ODOT tells News Lincoln County that Mr. Lundie’s truck, full of political campaign signs, is parked in ODOT’s, and therefore the public’s, right of way. This violates a prohibition of political campaign signs under state rules. In addition, the City of Newport requires a permit to place any privately owned signs in a public right of way and, if granted, to pay a fee for that permit. The Newport Community Development Department says Mr. Lundie has not applied for such a permit. Yet his truck remains parked there as of May 5th..

ODOT has also indicated that quite a few of Mr. Lundie’s campaign signs are illegally placed in public rights of way near Waldport on Highway 101 just north of the bridge, in Newport just north of Walmart on 101, and at the intersection of 101 and Lighthouse Drive, among others. Mr. Lundie also has a campaign sign just outside ODOT’s right of way but inside the boundary of Ona Beach State Park. That also breaks the rules.

Here is a statement issued by ODOT concerning campaign signs on its right of way.

“The biggest concern with signs along a highway is safety. Signs can obstruct views and create distractions for motorists.

With primary elections coming up in May, a proliferation of signs takes on increased scrutiny. If a political sign is in the ODOT right of way, we will remove it immediately if it’s a safety concern. If it does not pose an immediate safety concern, we’ll contact the campaign and ask for the sign’s removal. If the sign is not removed promptly, we’ll remove it. We always store signs confiscated from the ODOT right of way for 30 days at the District Headquarters. If the signs are not retrieved by then, we’ll destroy them.

Signs are prohibited on trees, utility poles, fence posts and natural features within the highway right of way. They are also prohibited within view of a designated scenic area.

In addition to signs in the ODOT right of way, there are rules affecting temporary political signs placed on private property visible from state highways.

–New signs are limited to 12 square feet.
–No flashing or intermittent lights, animated or moving parts are allowed.
–Signs must not imitate an official highway sign or device.
–Signs are not allowed in scenic corridors.”

Now, there may be those who might say, “What’s the big deal? It’s only campaign signs!? Everybody violates those rules.” Our position is, rules, thoughtfully created and officially enacted, are rules that should be obeyed. And as any police officer will tell you, ignorance of the law is no excuse. No one would suggest that we open up our road sides to placards and signs and clutter up our views of our beautiful state and coastline…totally apart from the danger of distracted drivers as referred to above by ODOT’s rules on signs in public rights of way. And we certainly expect our elected officials, and those who seek elected public office, to show respect for all laws and to comply with them.

Those in public office, and those who run for public office, must be clear in the way they express who they are, and be compliant with all rules and laws on the books. Those who don’t meet that test should be held accountable.

Any Lincoln County democrat want Don Lindly’s job?


Commissioner Don Lindly steps down June 1st

Democrats to Nominate Aspiring Commissioners

The recently announced retirement of County Commissioner Don Lindly has created an opportunity for candidates, of the Democratic Party persuasion, to be considered for appointment to some portion of his term. (We’re still waiting to find out if it’ll be until the next election or until the end of Mr. Lindly’s unexpired term, Dec. 31, 2014.

Lincoln County Democrats have a nominating process to offer up 3 to 5 candidates for the Commission to consider. The process starts with “willingness to serve” statements (SEL 145) signed by qualified candidates. Qualifications include being a Lincoln County resident for at least a year and a registered Democratic voter for at least 180 days prior to the vacancy on the commission. Lindly steps down June 1st.

SEL 145 forms are available from the County Clerk’s office in Newport, online at the Secretary of State’s website or from the Democratic Party Chair (541-994-4694). Signed forms must be delivered to the Chair no later than 5 pm, Monday May 7th at 3128 NE Hwy 101 Lincoln City, OR 97367. Parties should include a brief biography and resume with attention to prior, if any, governmental and/or community service.

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