Hermiston
School board member Gomolski enters council race

Mark Gomolski

Mark Gomolski has added his name to the list of candidates for Hermiston City Council.

Gomolski, a Hermiston School District board member, is running for Ward I. Councilor Lori Davis, who currently holds the seat, has not announced yet whether she will run again.

Gomolski ran for an at-large seat on the council in 2015 against a field of four incumbents but did not win. He said he was troubled by the “non-inclusion of residents” he was seeing as the city council made major decisions like taking sole ownership of the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center.

“I dislike decisions being made without public input until after the deed is done,” he said.

He said if elected he would push for more public involvement with city decisions. He said he also had concerns about EOTEC he wanted to address.

Currently the school board and city council both meet on the second and fourth Monday of the month, forcing people to choose between the two meetings. Gomolski said if elected and serving in both capacities he thought it would be a good opportunity for one body or the other to change their meeting dates so that citizens could attend both if they wanted.

“I think a lot of people would like to go to both,” he said.

Gomolski said he was also troubled by youth suicides in the community and would like to see both the school district and the city tackle that issue.

He won his seat on the Hermiston School Board as a write-in candidate in May 2017 with 14 votes.

Gomolski retired to Hermiston from Chicago in 2015 and soon after was the manager of Umatilla County Commissioner Bill Elfering’s 2016 re-election campaign.

The deadline to file for city council is March 6 at 5 p.m. and the election is May 15. Incumbent Doug Smith and newcomer Shean Fitzgerald have also filed.

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Contact Jade McDowell at jmcdowell@eastoregonian.com or 541-564-4536.

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