First-time candidate sees room for new blood


April 25, 2018

Stephanie Newton

Stephanie Newton, 28, decided to run for the open seat on the Linn County Board of Commissioners at the encouragement of Albany Mayor Sharon Kanopa, she said.

Newton regularly attends different city meetings and is vice chair of Albany's Human Relations Commission.

"I really enjoy it," she said. "It's been a great way for me to make an impact."

She has been attending County Commission meetings since February and thinks the meetings go quickly. There is little to no discussion before approving agenda items, she said.

"My biggest bone to pick – I think that it's not very transparent," Newto...

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