City Government, Election

Grove votes in new mayor

Creswell keeps Stram

The results are in for the Southern Willamette Valley midterm elections — and new faces on the Cottage Grove city council are sure to shake things up over the next few years. 

Incumbent Jeff Gowing, 60, fell short of just over 200 votes to his opponent, Candace Solesbee. Gowing has been mayor since 2017 and city councilor for seven years prior. This was Gowing’s first highly-contested race in his political career following an attempted House race earlier this year. 

“When I set my mind to something, I do it . . .