Two wards in Woodburn will be contested; race for Hubbard mayoral office sees two familiar faces

The filing deadline for candidates interested in running in the November general election was Aug. 26, and local cities have both new and familiar faces vying for titles.

As previously reported, Woodburn will have two contested races in Wards 3 and 5, while Ward 4 and the mayoral race each have one individual running uncontested. The lone candidate in Ward 4, which is largely occupied by The Estates Golf and Country Club, is Sharon Schaub, who is also general manager of the 55-plus community. Mayor Kathy Figley is seeking re-election, while Jim Cox, who is currently councilor of Ward 4, is not.

Ward 3, which has been represented by Council President Pete McCallum and covers the Tukwila neighborhood and parts of downtown, will have a contested race between Robert Carney and Julie Anne Hughes. Hughes ran against McCallum four years ago (capturing 43 percent of the vote), while Carney is on the city’s Planning Commission.

Ward 5’s race will be between incumbent Frank Lonergan and challenger Terry Will. That ward covers most of downtown Woodburn and the south side of The Estates.

In Hubbard, the mayor seat will once again be a contest between two familiar faces: current Mayor Jim Yonally and challenger Tom McCain, who was unseated by Yonally two years ago. McCain was also unseated by Yonally in 2008, and the back-and-forth rivalry has continued for almost a decade.

Two Hubbard women are running for the two open seats on city council: incumbent Angie Wheatcroft and newcomer Shannon Schmidt. Council President Bruce Warner announced last month that he wouldn’t run for re-election.

Three people are vying for two open seats on the Gervais City Council: Wes Leiva, John Harvey and Michael Johnson. While Leiva and Harvey currently hold seats on the council, Johnson isn’t exactly unfamiliar with Gervais elections: He ran against Mayor Shanti Platt two years ago, losing by a sizeable margin. This election year, Platt will be running uncontested.

In Mount Angel, Mayor Andrew Otte has filed again and will run uncontested. Four people have filed for three open council seats, however: incumbents Ray Eder and Kris Bischoff and challengers Don Fleck and Matthew Eagles. Current council member Teresa Kintz is not running for re-election.

No one up for re-election in St. Paul will be reprising their respective positions, as Mayor Steve Manners has stepped aside, allowing Mike Bernard and Kimball Wallis to run for the seat this November. Wallis is a former city councilor and Bernard is vacating his current city council position, as is Charlie Bernards. The four candidates running for those two vacancies on the council are Casper Ott Jr., Cody J. McKillip, Joel T. Halter and Rosemary A. Koch.

Donald won’t have any contested races, as Mayor Daroll Nicholson is the only person to file for that seat. The three open council positions are Abby Hungate, Fred Hartley and Dave Hetrick, who is currently council president. Brian Cobb and Bill Makowski, whose current seats on the council expire in 2015, did not seek re-election.

It looks like Aurora’s elected governing body will stay the same, as the only people to file for the mayor seat and two seats on council are the people who currently hold those posts. Mayor Bill Graupp has filed for re-election, as have council president Jason Salin and councilor Kris Sallee. Sallee was appointed to the council last year to fill in for Graupp, who was appointed mayor following Greg Taylor’s resignation.

As far as ballot measures go, Mount Angel is putting its city charter on the ballot to be approved by voters. Measure 24-370 would update the 32-year-old language of the current charter, correcting deficiencies, conforming to state law and making the mayor a voting member of the city council.

The general election is Nov. 4. Ballots will start being mailed to Oregon residents Oct. 15, according to the Marion County Clerk’s website.

Lindsay Keefer covers Hubbard, Mount Angel and St. Paul. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-765-1193.

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