Midterm elections are more competitive than usual this cycle, and the issues are bigger as well. There are three credible candidates for mayor, each with different visions for the city – and similarly, voters will also be deciding three contested city council seats. With shifts in downtown, burgeoning housing and houseless issues, and the recent controversies over the budget, whoever wins will have a full plate.
At the county level, Pat Malone is seeking a second commissioner’s term, and running against him, largely on a platform of limiting county spending and borrowing, is William Kughn. This race comes as county officials are borrowing $33 million – the largest amount in county history – to build a new courthouse and district attorney’s offices. The county also plans to seek another $100 million from voters next year.
Correction: We originally reported that the bond measure will ask for $130 million. We’ve been informed that the corect number will be approximately $100 million.
Likewise, Corvallisites will be deciding who represents them in both the Oregon House and Senate, just as the state prepares to move into economically challenging times and grapple with longstanding issues. Housing, higher education, healthcare, and transportation will see heavy lobbying next session, and outcomes from a warming climate will almost certainly be on the legislative docket as well.
Four dates are scheduled for this year’s CitySpeak General Election Debate series. As always, generous time is allotted for questions from the public. Of course, you’re also welcome to just listen in on the conversation. Moderators are Advocate Assistant Editor Emilie Ratcliff and City Club of Corvallis President Steven J. Schultz.
State Representative, 16th District - Tue., Oct. 11, 6 pm Dan Rayfield Democrat, Working Families Keith Lembke Republican
State Senate, 8th District – Tue., Oct. 11, 7 pm Sara Gelser Blouin Democrat, Independent, Working Families Valerie Draper Woldeit Republican
Benton County Commissioner – Thur., Oct. 13, 6 pm Pat Malone, Democrat William Kughn, Republican
Corvallis Mayor – Tue., Oct. 18, 6 pm Charles Maughan Andrew Struthers Roen Hogg
City Council Ward 2 - Thur., Oct. 20, 6 pm Christina Jancila Briae Lewis
City Council Ward 3 - Thur., Oct, 20, 6:30 pm Hyatt Lytle Alec Turner
City Council Ward 9 - Thur., Oct. 20, 7 pm Cliff Feldman Tony Cadena Nyssa Towsley
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