Deadline nears for council candidates in Florence, Dunes City


Aug. 1, 2020 — Filing deadlines for mayoral and council positions for the City of Florence and Dunes City are approaching, as residents from both cities begin applying for open positions. There are still two weeks left to submit applications (Aug. 25) for a variety of open positions. Voters will determine the following races in the Nov. 3 General Election.

For the City of Florence, three positions are up for election this November, the first being Mayor. The position is for a two-year term. In addition, council seats currently held by Joshua Greene and Ron Preisler are up for election this year. Each position is for a four-year term. 

So far, the City of Florence shows two candidates for the mayoral position and four candidates for the two councilor positions. 

To qualify for these positions, candidates must be registered to vote in the City of Florence and have residency of at least one year before the election, or since Nov. 3, 2019.

The role of the Florence City Council is to work as a collective body to pass laws, fees, policies, budget and the supervise the city manager and municipal court judge positions. 

“In order to be versed enough to make such decisions, serving on the council requires countless hours of study into the pressing issues of the City of Florence, as well as attendance at regular meetings, work sessions and other external meetings where the councilor/mayor will represent the city and its interests,” wrote City Recorder Kelli Weese in a press release about the upcoming election. 

The mayor is the presiding officer of the council and officiates council meetings, while also working directly with the city manager to determine the order of business of city council meeting agendas. The mayor also serves as the figurehead for the City of Florence.

There are two ways to apply for the Florence positions, the first being by signatures. In this method, candidates submit a preliminary petition and then work to gather signatures of residents of the city who are registered to vote.

Candidates are required to gather 25 signatures to qualify; however, the city recommends that more signatures be gathered in case signatures are rejected. This often occurs when signatories incorrectly assume those providing signatures live within city limits, or are unaware they are not registered to vote.

Of the current petitions on file with the City of Florence, only incumbent Mayor Joe Henry and councilor candidates Sally Wantz and Maggie Bagon have completed their petitions. Candidates Jo Beaudreau and Bill Meyer are still collecting signatures and Daniel Lofy is awaiting verification of the signatures he has received.

Lane County’s deadline for submissions is Tuesday, Aug. 25.

According to Weese, the city recommends filing by Friday, Aug. 14, so signatures may be verified in time for the deadline.

While Lane County does allow a separate, fee-based application process that forgoes signatures, the City of Florence charter prohibits that route, relying solely on the signature process.

For further details on applying, visit www.ci.florence.or.us/council/election-city-councilors-mayor or contact Weese at [email protected]

Dunes City also has four positions up for election in November, including the mayor and three council positions. Currently, only two applications have been filed for the positions.

The Dunes City Council is comprised of a seven-person non-compensated board consisting of a mayor and six councilors. The mayor is elected for a two-year term and councilors are elected on a rotating basis for four-year terms.

Interested candidates may pick up a packet at Dunes City Hall, 82877 Spruce St. in Westlake, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Candidates are asked to call ahead before arriving. 

For additional information, contact City Elections Officer Jamie Mills at 541-997-3338 or visit dunescityhall.com.

For additional information about the Nov. 3 General Election, visit www.lanecounty.org/elections and sos.oregon.gov/voting/Pages/current-election.aspx. The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 13.

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