Mayoral race in PC draws 3 hopefuls

Tim Coe, Tim Cooley and Stan Horrell

PRAIRIE CITY - Three candidates are asking Prairie City voters to elect them mayor on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Here's a look at them, who they are, why they're running and where they stand on local issues.

Tim CoeIn his third year on the Prairie City City Council, Tim Coe, 63, is making a bid for mayor.

Coe cited finances and personnel as top issues for him.

"A lot of times we're not staying within our budget," he said. He concedes that's tough in the current economy, "but I would stay right on it."

Regarding personnel, he said, "I just want to see something different done from what's been the policy before."

He said he's tired of "the internal stuff that's been going on, and I think I can make a difference that way."

Coe's other concerns are the cleanliness of Prairie City and re-doing the nuisance ordinances.

He and his wife Nelda moved to Prairie City from Fossil in July 2006.

He ran several businesses - selling coffee and ice cream, as well as juniper items, such as furniture, urns and caskets.

Raised in the Milton-Freewater area, he was a 4-H leader there and in Heppner for 28 years, as well as chairman of the Morrow County fair board for 15 years.

Now retired, Coe keeps busy in the woodshop he runs part time.

He said doesn't have any campaign signs or fliers around town and has no plans to appear in any debates. He said he's mostly relying on word of mouth, meeting with people at the post office and other places around town.

"If the people respect me enough after knowing who I am and what I do, they'll vote me in," Coe said.

Alvan F. "Tim" CooleyBorn and raised in Prairie City, Alvan F. "Tim" Cooley said he hopes to take the reins of his hometown.

Cooley, 66, said his reasons are simple: "I just want to help the city and would like to see some improvements around town."

He added that he now has more time to devote to the job.

"I'm not making any promises, but if we've got a problem and I can help, I'd like to," he said. "I'd just like to make Prairie City a nice place for people to visit and come home to."

Cooley said he'd like to see more employment opportunities arise in the town, noting, "I want to try to keep our little city going."

Unmarried and semi-retired, he works part-time as caretaker for the Prairie City Cemetery and is on the cemetery committee.

He's a 30-year member of the American Legion, Prairie City Post 106, and has been master at the Strawberry Grange the past two years. He also is a past exalted ruler at the John Day Elks Lodge.

Other involvements have been the Prairie City school board and the Prairie City budget committee.

Cooley has no plans to participate in a debate, but he does have some campaign signs around town.

"I want to get the citizens to help clean up the city and keep them informed," Cooley said. "If they've got problems, we'll get them done."

Stan HorrellIncumbent mayor Stan Horrell, wants to continue in the role he's held for nearly four years.

He said he wasn't planning to run again, but changed his mind after receiving a letter recently from his youngest son.

A chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy, his son wrote about the advice Horrell had always preached to him while growing up about finishing things once you've started them.

"That renewed my energy," Horrell said. "I've got some things I'd like to finish that we've been working on."

He added that he'd like to see closure to some problems they've had in town.

"There's the sewer project we've got to get finished and I'd like to see it done while I'm here," Horrell said.

Horrell, who will be 81 on Oct. 31, was born in Prairie City, and has lived there most of his life.

He and his wife, Polly, have four grown children.

He's been on the Prairie City Planning Commission twice, serving as chairman the second time around. He has also been on the Prairie City school board and had a prior, unsuccessful run for mayor about 10 years ago.

He said he's not interested in participating in any debates. Other than word of mouth, he has a few campaign signs around town.

"If someone beats me out, I have no problem with that, but they're not gonna get a free hand at it," Horrell said. "If I get elected, I'll do the best possible job."

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