4 council seats open in election election

Four seats on the Sweet Home City Council will be open in the upcoming Nov. 4 election.

The filing period for candidates is open through 5 p.m. on Aug. 29.

The seats open are those held by Jim Bean, Jim Gourley, Eric Markell and Rich Rowley.

Terms begin on Jan. 1. The three candidates receiving the most votes will fill four-year terms while the fourth-place candidate will serve a two-year term.

Bean and Gourley have been on the council for multiple terms while Markell is completing his first two-year term. The council appointed Rowley to fill a vacancy in February 2006. If he runs for the office, this will be his first election for the position. He was originally appointed to fill a vacancy on the council.

As of Friday, Gourley and two citizens had picked up declaration of candidacy forms for the council. The other incumbents had not.

To qualify for filing, a candidate must be a registered voter in Sweet Home and have lived inside the city limits for at least a year.

To qualify for the ballot, a candidate must gather at least 10 but no more than 20 signatures from registered voters who live inside the city limits, or a candidate may pay a $10 filing fee and complete the declaration of candidacy form.

Declaration of candidacy forms and signature petitions must be filed at the city manager’s office at City Hall, 1140 12th Ave., no later than 5 p.m. on Aug. 29.

For information, contact City Manager Craig Martin or Administrative Assistant Wendy Younger between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays at 367-8969.