You do have a choice. It’s a gift from 12 Bend residents who want your vote for a position on City Council.
All 12 are seeking the opportunity to represent you for the next two years, and they hold a variety of views on the subjects facing the city.
That diversity of opinion means you can express yours with your vote.
Do you think the city should re-examine its Bridge Creek water project or move ahead with it? Do you think officials have done a reasonable job of controlling the rising cost of city services? How about concerns that the city is too weighted in favor of development or favors the west side over the east side? Each of those issues has been cited by candidates announcing their campaigns.
And there’s more to explore: Do your views match with theirs on Juniper Ridge, support for the bus system, electing the mayor, supporting the Oregon State University-Cascades branch expansion, plans for the north end of the parkway, cutbacks envisioned by the new police chief, tax breaks for new businesses, other infrastructure projects?
There are four citywide positions up for election in November.
For seat 1, incumbent Tom Greene is not seeking re-election because he is running for a Deschutes County Commission seat. Vying to replace him are Barb Campbell, Victor Chudowsky and Wade Fagen.
For seat 2, Mayor Jeff Eager won’t run again, and seeking his seat are Charles Baer, Ed Barbeau, Doug Knight and Ed McCoy.
For seat 3, incumbent Kathie Eckman is opposed by Ronald Boozell and Sally Russell.
For seat 4, incumbent Jim Clinton faces challenger Mike Roberts.
There hasn’t been this much interest in Bend City Council in years. In 2010, six candidates sought 3 positions; in 2008, there were nine candidates for four positions; and in 2006, five candidates for three positions.
All 12 this year are offering to work countless hours for the extremely limited pay of about $200 per month. All you have to do is a little reading and maybe attend a candidate forum or two to determine which candidates best represent your thoughts.