PENDLETON, Oregon – Two candidates added their names to oppose Umatilla County Board of Commissioners Chairman George Murdock yesterday, and two others tossed their hats in the ring for the Pendleton City Council.
Two of the three county commissioners’ seats are up for grabs, with both Murdock and Commissioner Larry Givens running for reelection. Murdock will be opposed by Tom Bailor, a self-employed educator and caregiver from Pendleton; and by Richard Pullen of Pendleton, who is retired after 14 years working for the county. Givens is opposed by John Shafer, who is the mayor of Athena and is employed by the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office.
As for the city council race, two candidates have filed for Ward 1. Chuck LeValle, who is a hospital lab technician filed yesterday. Carole Innes had already filed for that seat. This is the position that has been left vacant by the death of long-time Councilman John Brenne. At its regular meeting tonight, the council is expected to name a person to fill the remaining months in his term. The candidates elected in the May 15 election will take their seats at the first meeting in 2019.
Retired forester Bill Aney filed for election to the vacant Ward 3 seat last week. Yesterday, Linda Neuman, who is retired, filed her declaration of candidacy at Pendleton City Hall. The Ward 3 seat is held by Neil Brown, who is not running for reelection.
Two other council members are running unopposed. They are McKennon McDonald in Ward 2, and at-large councilor Jacob Cambier.
The deadline to file to run in the May election is today at 5 p.m.