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Grant County candidates line up for local offices

A passel of city council hopefuls will be on ballots in Grant County for the Nov. 4 general election.

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on September 30, 2014 1:01PM

CANYON CITY – Grant County voters on Nov. 4 will elect an array of city officers while also casting ballots for candidates for state and federal posts.

A few of the city council races are contested, but most are not – and some seats drew no candidates.

Ballots will go in the mail to voters Oct. 15, according to County Clerk Brenda Percy.

In statewide votes, incumbent Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber faces Republican challenger Dennis Richardson and several minor-party candidates.

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, Republican from Hood River, is seeking re-election, with Bend Democrat Aelea Christofferson as his major challenger.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) is up against Monica Wehby, a Portland Republican.

In state House District 60, which includes Grant County, incumbent Rep. Cliff Bentz (R-Ontario) is facing Haines Democrat Peter Hall.

Here’s a look at the local positions up for election:

Canyon City

Council (pick 3) – Don Mooney, Jim Johnston, Francis Kocis, Diane Blake.


Mayor – Robert Waltenburg

Council Pos. 2 – Merle Metcalf

Council Pos. 3 – Ilah Bennett

Council Pos. 4 – Peter Bogardus


Mayor, Council at large – No candidates filed

John Day

Mayor – Ron Lundbom

Council at large (pick 3) – Gregg Haberly, Paul C. Smith, Lisa Weigum

Long Creek

Mayor – Don Porter

Council Pos. 3 – Alvin C. Hunt

Council Pos. 4 – Denise Porter

Mt. Vernon

Mayor – Andy M. Anderson

Council at large (pick 2) – Mike Cearns Sr., Karen Hinton, Wayne Saul, Jan Lowry


Mayor, Council 3 – No candidates filed

Council Pos. 4 – Heather N. Bowlus, Carrie L. Ussery

Position Pos. 5 – Patricia McCary

Position Pos. 6 - Christy Howell, William R. Turner

Prairie City

Mayor (pick 1) – Kevin Dahlen, Jim Hamsher, Gary Waterhouse

Council at large (pick 3) – Les Church


Council (pick 3) – Andrea Combs, Alice Clark, Dennis McCormick, Sue Holliday, Suzanne Findlay, Bill (Clarence) Williams

Grant County

Commissioner 1 – Boyd Britton

County Clerk – Brenda Percy

Grant Public Forest Commission

Pos. 2 – Nicky Sprauve

Pos. 4 – Roger McKinley

Pos. 6 – Dan Bishop

Alt. 2 – Brooks Smith

Grant Soil and Water Conservation District

At large – Roger Ediger

Zone 1 – Joanne Keerins

Monument Soil and Water Conservation District

At large – Gary Engle

Zone 1 – Jim Bahrenburg


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