Four city offices up for election

June 23

Three Hood River City Council seats, and the position of mayor, are up for election in November.

Councilor Charles Haynie, who was first appointed in 1999 and ran in 2000, plans to seek another four-year term in office.

“I think I am doing a good job,” said Haynie, who wants to continue his focus on replacement of the aging water supply conduit system.

Councilor Andrea Klaas, who has held her current post since 1996 is unsure about whether she will run for another four years in office. However, A.J. Kitt, who was just appointed to replace Scott Reynier, does plan to seek his first elected seat. After Reynier became ineligible to serve by moving outside the city limits, Kitt applied for the job and stated during the interview process that he wanted to put the next seven months of training to long-term use if possible.

Council President Linda Rouches has stated her intent to seek a two-year term as mayor. That office is being vacated by Paul Cummings, who has served in the role for eight years, with an additional two years on the council.

If Rouches is elected, the council will appoint a replacement to fill her unexpired two-year term.

* The four open positions are “at large” and allow a candidate to live anywhere within the city limits.

* Residents interested in filing in campaigning for one of the non-partisan offices have until Aug. 16 to sign up as a candidate.

* All contenders must have lived inside the city limits continuously for the past 12 months and been registered to vote during that time.

*For more information on the elected offices, call Jean Hadley, city recorder, at 387-4212.

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