Filings open for mayor, council seats in Cottage Grove

Beginning May 30, Cottage Grove residents who are interested in running for mayor or one of the four city council seats in November can get a candidate information packet from city hall.

The position of mayor, currently held by Jeff Gowing, is not ward specific and is a two-year term. Councilors up for re-election in the fall hail from wards one (Jake Boone), three (Garland Burback) and four (Greg Ervin). Councilor at large, is also up for election.

Ervin replaced former councilor Amy Slay who was no longer eligible for her seat after purchasing land outside of the city limits in February of this year. The council advertised her position and received one application - Ervin’s. Because Ervin is finishing out Slay’s term, he must run for the position in November’s general election.

To qualify as a candidate, individuals must be a qualified elector and must be a resident of the city during the year immediately preceding the election.

The city council and mayor positions are non-partisian and the governing body is responsible for passing city ordinances, adopting the city’s budget and overseeing subcommittees as well as the municipal court judge.

For more information, contact the city manager’s office at 541-942-5501.

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