CANDIDATES FOR CRESWELL MAYOR – GARY MOUNCE AND RICHARD ZETTERVALL
The City of Creswell will hold a general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. There will be four vacancies; one for the position of mayor, a two-year term; and three city councilor positions, which are four-year terms.
On a hyper-local level, candidates for Creswell mayor are Richard Zettervall and Gary Mounce. To find out more about these candidates, read their biographies and the Q&A forum below.
There are also three positions available for Creswell City Council, with only two filings received. Voters will be asked to vote for three people. The two candidates who filed for councilors are Alonzo Costilla and Kevin Prociw.
On a county level, two are vying for Position 5 for the East Lane County Commissioner, Heather Buch and Gary Williams.
Buch is a small business owner and a special projects director at St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County. She received a bachelor of arts from Seattle University. Buch’s prior governmental experience includes Eugene Rental Housing Department Advisory Committee; Springfield Manufactured Home Park Collaborative; co-chair of Auctive Bethel Citizens Neighborhood Association; and Beltline Facility Plan Stakeholder Advisory Committee.
Williams is a Lane County Commissioner and has been a small business owner for 35 years. Williams’ prior governmental experience includes mayor of Cottage Grove for 12 years; Cottage Grove city councilor; president of the League of Oregon Cities; president of Oregon Mayors Association; member of the Oregon Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee; and member of the National League of Cities Public Safety and Crime Prevention Committee.
Ballots were mailed out last week and should be arriving in the mail of registered Lane County voters.
”Lane County Elections wants to remind registered voters to review both sides of their official ballot. All registered voters will have additional voting opportunities on the back of their ballot,” said Lane County Clerk Cheryl Betschart in a release. ”Once a ballot has been returned it cannot be amended or recast.”
Registered voters anywhere in Oregon who have changed their address still have time to update their registration and qualify for a full ballot.
Your ballot must be filled out and physically received by the county elections office by 8 p.m. on Nov. 6. Postmarks do not count. You can return your ballot through the mail, take it to your local elections office, or at a drop box location. Creswell City Hall has a drive-by drop box, located at 64 W. Oregon Ave.
To track your ballot or to find your nearest drop box, visit www.oregonvotes.gov/myvote. Those with election-related questions should contact Lane County Elections at 541-682-4234.