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Gates seeks new mayor

The City of Gates is looking for a new mayor.

The City Council declared a vacancy at its Oct. 19 meeting after Brian Gander resigned the position Oct. 12 amid concerns about a recall campaign.

Council president Pat Rahm told The Canyon Weekly that the city plans to post the vacancy in newspaper as well as at City Hall on West Sorbin Avenue and at Sierra Market on Highway 22.

Rahm said the next step is to “wait for volunteers.”

Rahm added that he will not be a candidate. 

Applicants must meet the basic requirements as listed in the Gates City Charter. These are:

1. Be a resident of Gates for the past 12 months.            

2. Be a registered voter in Gates for the past nine months. Candidates should be able to serve the remainder of the term through Jan. 16, 2025. 

Any person interested in the position should submit a letter of interest to Gates City Hall at 101 W Sorbin Ave., Gates, OR 97346. The letter of interest should verify the applicant meets the basic eligibility requirements for the office and is able to attend regularly scheduled council meetings. 

Applicants are encouraged to state why they are interested in serving on the City Council. For more information contact City Hall at 503-897-2669.

Gander was the subject of a recall petition by Gates resident Mark Barnes filed Aug. 22. The petition accused Gander of harassing a city employee, ill treatment of those speaking at council sessions and intimidation of and discriminating against “a specific local business,” the Camp Benadoo RV Park on Hwy 22. 

Gander, whose resignation rendered the recall petition moot, responded to the charges in a 15-page document in which he referred to the claims in the petition as “outlandish.”

Gander’s ascension to the mayoral position came under unusual circumstances. Mayor Ron Carmickle was running unopposed for a second two-year term but remained on the Nov. 8 ballot after his death on Sept. 29, 2022  because the ballots already had been printed.

Gander, then a councilor, was the top write-in vote-getter, easily besting Carmickle and more than a dozen other individuals who received votes. Gander also was on the ballot to retain his council seat and was elected there as well.

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