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[Read More…]

The Chronicle Endorses

While we do not endorse individuals for political office, The Chronicle does make recommendations on ballot measures: JAIL LEVY ■ Our recommendation: Vote YES■ Our justification: The Springfield Public Safety levy maintains the level of service and security, handling low-level crimes and housing minimal-threat inmates at the jail. The levy[Read More…]

Public Safety Levy: What it will fund, who it will help

SPRINGFIELD – In November, voters are being asked to renew Springfield’s public safety levy, raising nearly $37.3 million for safety services. Over the past two decades, the levy has supported police, jail, and municipal court services — and is a key funding source for public safety initiatives in Springfield.  Springfield[Read More…]

Q&A with Springfield mayor incumbent VanGordon

What are the top two lessons you’ve learned during your time as mayor?  SEAN VANGORDON: The importance of listening and seeking to understand people’s perspective are critical skills to being a successful mayor. After 2020, trust in all parts of society is at an all-time low, our problems are complex,[Read More…]

Q&A with Creswell City Council incumbent Alonzo Costilla, uncontested

Age: 56Hometown: CreswellMarital status: MarriedPartner occupation: Family ManagerChildren: four children ages 38, 32, 8,and 7 public schoolResidence neighborhood: North 1st StEducation: Printing Trades SpecialistCurrent employer: University of OregonPublic sector work experience, including military: 30 years plus in the commercial print industryElected office held, with dates: City Councilor January 2019 –[Read More…]