Three Vie For Two Open Coun­cil Seats

The Oakdale Leader - - FRONT PAGE - BY KIM VAN ME­TER Spe­cial To The Leader

An­other res­i­dent filed the ap­pro­pri­ate pa­per­work for the lo­cal City Coun­cil po­si­tions, bring­ing the to­tal to three vy­ing for the two open spots.

Christo­pher Smith joins the race with City Coun­cil in­cum­bent Cher­i­lyn Bairos and new­comer Teresa Kin­ney in run­ning for the two avail­able four-year posts. Elec­tion Day will be Tues­day, Nov.6. Re­cently named Mayor Pro Tem J.R. McCarty filed for the open mayor po­si­tion as cur­rent mayor Pat Paul will not be seek­ing an­other term. McCarty is run­ning un­op­posed.

For­mer Mayor Pro Tem Tom Dun­lop va­cated his po­si­tion to re­lo­cate to an­other state, which left the coun­cil need­ing to fill that seat. Coun­cil voted to go the ap­point­ment route, as op­posed to a spe­cial elec­tion, to fill the po­si­tion. In­ter­ested par­ties are en­cour­aged to pick up an ap­point­ment packet at City Hall. There is a $25 fee to file. In­ter­views are slated for Sept. 17.

All po­si­tions on the Oak­dale City Coun­cil rep­re­sent the City at-large.

Mea­sure C will also be on the bal­lot in Novem­ber. Mea­sure C will en­able the City of Oak­dale to im­pose a busi­ness li­cense tax at a rate up to 15 per­cent of gross re­ceipts on cannabis busi­nesses and dis­pen­saries to help fund mu­nic­i­pal ser­vices.

Also, three peo­ple have filed within spe­cial dis­tricts on the Novem­ber bal­lot.

In­cum­bent Daniel Cum­mins, Kent Kushar, and Ed­ward Chock have filed for Oak Val­ley Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict direc­tor po­si­tions.

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