The filing period for candidates seeking a seat on The Dalles City Council closed Tuesday with three contested races, but only one contender for mayor.
Richard Mays, 67, who is retired from a long career in government service, announced his intent to seek the post of mayor in February. He then spent the next six months meeting with 10 groups and 160 community members, business owners and civic leaders to hear their concerns and learn what they would like to see done.
He also passed out business cards during his travels with the motto “Experience-Independence-Trust” printed on them.
Mays will be the sole name listed on the Nov. 6 ballot for the position of mayor. The incumbent, Mayor Steve Lawrence, announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election.
“I’m gratified,” said Mays about the opportunity to serve in his first elected role. “I think the hard work I did to reach out to people paid off and my experience certainly helped.
Mays is currently seated on the city’s budget committee and worked as a city manager for several communities, including Cannon Beach, Jefferson City, Mo., Collinsville, Ill., and Sterling, Ill. He also served as interim manager for Clatsop County following his retirement and spent five years as director of management services for the Village of Homewood in Illinois.
He holds a Master of Arts degree in public affairs with an emphasis on general public administration and human resources administration from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill.
His bachelor’s degree is in parks and leisure studies administration with a minor in general business administration and was obtained from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill. He has served on the boards of civic organizations, nonprofits and professional groups, as well as numerous local special event committees.
The councilor at large position now held by Taner Elliott has three contenders in the November election: Brian Stevens, head coach for girl’s basketball at The Dalles High School and an anesthesia technician at Mid-Columbia Medical Center; John Fredrick, owner of a property management, janitorial and carpet cleaning service, is currently a member of the Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal Agency; Rod Runyon, an outgoing Wasco County commissioner and a retired insurance and financial services agent.
Incumbent Russ Brown, a retired contractor, will be challenged for the Position 3 seat by Tiffany Prince, executive assistant to the president and board of education at Columbia Gorge Community College.
Chip Wood, a property manager with a carpentry background, is vying for the Position 1 position now held by Timothy McGlothlin, a retired educator and administrator.