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Four vie for three council seats in Scio

Reporter for The Canyon Weekly

The city of Scio has four candidates running for three open positions on the City Council, including all incumbents up for re-election.

City Councilors John Whalen, Luke Zedwick and Tom Gray are seeking new terms, and are joined by political newcomer Dennis Shaffer.

The three candidates with the highest number of votes during the Nov. 8 election will secure a four-year term.

Whalen was appointed in 2020 after former Councilor Dennis Thomas stepped down that March. He previously served on the Scio Planning Commission.

Luke Zedwick is the former principal of Centennial Elementary School and is currently an independent consultant. He was appointed to the council in July after former Councilor Debbie Nuber was appointed mayor in June following the resignation of Mayor Chadd Weaver.

Gray is a retired millwright who was first elected in 2018. 

Shaffer is a retired ferrier with 42 years of experience in the field. He is a graduate of Oregon State University.

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