Eight men will vie for four at-large Hermiston City Council spots in November’s election.

Three incumbent councilors have filed for re-election, and five newcomers have entered their names in the race.

Incumbent City Councilors Joe Harn, Rod Hardin and Brian Misner have filed for re-election, and are joined by Hermiston residents Mark Eaves, Manuel Gutierrez, John Kirwan, Doug Primmer and Brad Smith. Councilor Michael Calame did not file for re-election.

• Misner, 62, said he is focused on carrying out treatment plant upgrades and the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center.

“I also want to continue working on economic development and would like to see us lure some more businesses into town,” he said.

• Hardin, 66, said some of the city’s infrastructure is still on his to-do list.

“I still enjoy serving the community of Hermiston and I think we’ve made some great strides over the years,” he said. “We still have a few things left unfinished at this point. The sewer treatment and recycled water facilities are going to be a challenge for us, but we have no choice but to do upgrades and plan for the future.”

• Some of Harn’s concerns include transportation capabilities for senior citizens.

“I want to see things get done,” he said Monday night.

• Smith, 59, said he doesn’t have specific plans if elected, but felt prompted by God to run.

“I felt that God was leading me to file,” Smith said. “I want to be a voice for the people. So many politicians, at least at the higher levels anyway, don’t reflect what the people say.”

Smith is a U.S. Postal clerk, a retired U.S. Army veteran and has lived in Hermiston since 1993. He is a board member for the Hermiston Nazarene Church.

• Primmer, 49, said others urged him to file for city council.

“As a city council member, I will always remember I work for them, not the other way around,” Primmer said on Tuesday. “What the public has to say matters.”

Primmer has served as an investigator with the Department of Corrections since 1989. He also serves as a volunteer Reserve Deputy Sheriff with Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office and as a rescue diver with Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office.

• Kirwan, 38, serves as safety coordinator for Hinkle Locomotive. He said he plans to focus on addressing crime-related issues.

“I’m throwing my hat in the ring because ultimately I believe the position of anyone in elected capacity (is) to express the concerns of the people they represent,” Kirwan said.

Kirwan was defeated by Dave Drotzmann in the mayor’s race in the spring, taking 35 percent of the vote to Drotzmann’s 54 percent.

• Gutierrez, 59, is shelter manager of the Domestic Violence Services in Hermiston and a former city councilor. He is a current member of the Hispanic Advisory Committee, which he said would not be a conflict of interest if elected.

Gutierrez also has served as a board member for the Community Accountability Board among other activities.

• Eaves is a Umatilla County Community Corrections probation and parole officer. Eaves said he served previously as a patrol officer, police chief and U.S. Postal worker. He could not be reached by press time.

The top four applicants with the most votes in the Nov. 6 election will win. Non-registered voters must register by Oct. 16 to vote in the election, according to the Umatilla County Elections Office.

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