Runyon joins city council

Rod Runyon

The Dalles City Council will have two new faces when it convenes in January after successful re-election bids by two incumbents in Tuesday’s election.

Rich Mays, who ran unopposed, will take the mayoral seat being vacated by Steve Lawrence.

Rod Runyon, outgoing Wasco County Commissioner, beat out two opponents in Tuesday’s general election — John Fredrick and Brian Stevens — for a two-year term in the at-large council seat.

Runyon, a retired insurance and financial services agent, captured 45.83 percent of the vote and Stevens came in second with 38.10 percent. Fredrick trailed with 15.22 percent. Incumbent Taner Elliott did not seek re-election.

Runyon, whose term on the county board ends in January, said, “First, thank you to those that are allowing me to continue public service to my community.”

He said the goal was “to bring the nonpartisan and positive approach that I am known for to the council.”

He said the city has “made great strides forward during recent years.

“I hope that I can add to that mix with my small business background and public sector experience in housing, community action, public safety, economic development, regional solutions and public relations. I am looking forward to working with my new team,” he said.

Incumbent Russ Brown, a retired contractor, was given a second four-year term in Position 1 by voters with 52.61 percent of the vote. He beat out Tiffany Prince, who took 46.75 percent of the vote.

Brown said he was ready to continue working on infrastructure improvements.

He said, “I’m going to push ahead on the street maintenance issues. We’ve been tap dancing around the problem for four years now, but I’m hopeful we can get it done.”

He welcomed Runyon to the council.

“I’ve known Rod a long time,” he said.

Incumbent Timothy McGlothlin, a retired educator, was also supported for a third four-year term after scoring 55.19 percent of the vote to Chip Wood’s 43.93 percent.

“I would like to thank all that supported my candidacy with your vote,” said McGlothlin.

“I would also like to assure those who didn’t send a vote my way that I will work harder to try to earn your trust and support.

“I will focus my attention on jobs, keeping water and sewage rates at the lowest possible costs, addressing homelessness, maintaining safe, passable roads, and above all, keeping our city healthy and safe.

“It is an honor to serve each of you, and I will do my best to continue the good things I see happening in our city.”

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