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City Council race begins
By Terri Harber
Incumbent Baker City Councilor Milo Pope turned in his petition with the required number of signatures to run again.
The deadline for turning in the voter petitions was at 4 p.m. today.
Jack Turner was expected to turn in his completed petitions before the deadline, said Becky Fitzpatrick, the city’s recorder and election official.
Candidates must obtain at least 40 viable signatures from registered, active voters to be included on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot.
Signatures must be verified by the County Clerk’s Office. Would-be candidates are asked to collect at least 50 signatures in case some turn out to be ineligible.
R. Mack Augenfeld, Mike Downing, Barbara Johnson, Kyle Knight, Richard Langrell and Terry Schumacher also are vying for the four council seats.
Three of the seats are for four-year terms and the fourth is a two-year term. The candidate in this election who receives the fourth-highest number of votes serves the shorter term, according to the Baker City Charter.
Councilor Aletha Bonebrake, the other incumbent who could seek a second term, hasn’t requested a candidacy packet.
Two other residents requested candidate packets and have yet to turn in completed petitions.
Kimberley Mosier took away her packet early today. Ann Dean took hers previously.
Besides the seats of Bonebrake and Pope, the two other seats in play are those now occupied by Councilors Sam Bass and Beverly Calder — they have reached their term limits for council service.
Mayor Dennis Dorrah and Councilors Clair Button and Roger Coles are the other three incumbents. Their seats are open for election in 2014 along with this election’s fourth-place finisher.