Recent filings now promise Ashland citizens the opportunity to choose between 13 candidates for nine seats: municipal court judge, city recorder, four of six seats on City Council and three of five on the Parks and Recreation Commission.
Here are the current filings, as of Wednesday (to see the prior Tidings story on this topic, click here):
• Council position No. 2, currently held by Mike Morris, who has filed for reelection. Now challenging him is Theodore White, who has twice previously run unsuccessfully for a council seat. White has a bachelor’s degree from Southern Oregon University, a master’s in special education from Phoenix University and certification as an academic coach.
• Council position No. 3., to which Jackie Bachman was appointed by the council after Councilor Greg Lemhouse resigned in February. If he had not resigned, the position would not be up for reassignment until 2020. Bachman and Alfred Willslatter previously filed to appear on the ballot for this seat. They’ve now been joined by Tonya Graham, executive director of Geos Institute, an organization dedicated to community collaboration and education on climate change adaption and resilience planning. She’s also active with exchange student organizations AYUSA and International Cultural Exchange Services, serving as their area representative.
• Council position No. 4 — Incumbent Stefani Seffinger remains the only person to file for this seat.
• Council position No. 6 is currently held by Stephen Jensen, who was appointed by the council after Traci Darrow stepped down when she moved outside city limits. He has not filed. George Kramer remains the only person so far to have filed for seat No. 6.
• Parks commissioner No. 3 — Incumbent Michael Gardner remains the only one to have filed.
• Parks commissioner No. 4 — Jim Bachman, who previously filed, is the sole candidate for now for the seat currently held by Matt Miller after Howard McEwan withdrew his filing for commissioner position No. 4 and instead filed for position No. 5.
• Parks commissioner No. 5 — Incumbent Rick Landt is now challenged by McEwan.
• Municipal Court Judge — Incumbents Pamela Turner remains the sole candidate.
• City Recorder — Current office holder Melissa Huhtala, who was appointed by the council, remains the sole candidate.
The filing period opened May 30 and closes at 5 p.m. Aug. 16.
To qualify for candidacy for city offices, individuals must be able to prove they are a registered voter in Oregon and that they reside within Ashland city limits.
Candidates must complete and file forms with the city recorder. A minimum of 25 valid signatures on a petition must be collected to be placed on the ballot. These signatures must be verified by the County Clerk’s office and approved by the city recorder.