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Late filings create competitive Pendleton City Council races

Antonio Sierra

East Oregonian

Published on March 7, 2018 8:54AM

Thanks to a flurry of filings in the waning days of the filing period, three of four Pendleton City Council races will be contested in the May 15 municipal elections.

In Ward 1, three people filed to replace longtime Councilor John Brenne, who died in January.

In the meantime, on a 6-1 vote the council selected Chuck LeValle, a hospital lab technician, to fill the seat until the election.

Carole Innes, a retired operations auditor for Northwest Farm Credit Services, and David Chorazy, a local musician, will join LeValle on the ballot for Ward 1, which covers the downtown area, South Hill and Riverside.

Retired firefighter John Cook entered the race in January but dropped out Feb. 28.

If no one takes more than 50 percent of the vote in the May election, there will be a runoff between the top two candidates during the Nov. 6 election.

Ward 2 Councilor McKennon McDonald drew no opposition by the filing deadline and will likely breeze toward re-election for her seat that encompasses North Hill, Westgate and the airport.

A teacher at Helix School, McDonald won office in 2014 by beating former Pendleton City Councilor Bryan Branstetter.

Following Councilor Neil Brown’s retirement, two new names filed for Ward 3, which spans Southgate, McKay Creek and Tutuilla Road.

Bill Aney, a retired regional forest restoration coordinator for the U.S. Forest Service, and retired educator Linda Neuman are vying for the seat.

Rex Morehouse filed late Tuesday afternoon to challenge incumbent Jake Cambier for the at-large seat.

A former mayor of Spirit Lake, Idaho, and a frequent presence at city council meetings, Morehouse lost to Councilor Scott Fairley in the 2016 race for Ward 2.

A retired doctor, Cambier was appointed in 2016 to fill the rest of former Councilor Al Plute’s term and is seeking his first full term.

Although no more candidates can add their names to the ballot, the field can still change. The dropout deadline is on Friday.


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