PENDLETON, Oregon – The Pendleton City Council has selected a relative newcomer to the Round-Up City to serve the remainder of the late John Brenne’s term. Chuck LeValle will take over the seat until the end of this year. Mayor John Turner says LeValle has lived in Pendleton for a year and a half.
“He’s a hospital technician out at St. Anthony’s,” Turner said. “He loves Pendleton, has joined the Eagles, and has a couple of small kids. He’s a younger candidate.”
Turner says the council was impressed with LeValle’s enthusiasm and energy at Tuesday night’s meeting. He has also filed to run for election for that seat on May 15. Also running for the Ward 1 seat are Carole Innes and Dave Chorazy.
“We’ll have three candidates for Ward 1,” Turner said. “The way it works is that if nobody gets more than 50 percent, the top two vote-getters will move on to the November election.”
That will not be the only contested race in the May election. Bill Aney and Linda Neuman are running for the Ward 3 seat now held by Neil Brown. Also, Rex Morehouse has filed to run against incumbent at-large Councilman Jacob Cambier. Only Councilwoman McKennon McDonald is running unopposed.
In other action, the council voted to name a city hall conference room in honor of Brenne, who died suddenly in January. Turner says there will be a dedication ceremony scheduled for that honor that will be announced as soon as it’s set.