Spicerkuhn retains seat on city council seat after special election

Phillip Spicerkuhn will officially retain his Hermiston City Council seat representing Ward IV after a special election.

Spicerkuhn, a local attorney, was appointed as an interim councilor in November 2020 after the resignation of Doug Smith, and ran unopposed in the March 9 special election to fill the rest of the term.

According to unofficial results from the Umatilla County elections office posted at 8:27 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9, 819 voters turned in ballots, with 726 votes for Spicerkuhn and 74 write-in votes.

There were 19 undervotes recorded, meaning voters turned in their ballot without marking any name for the race.

Filing deadline to run in

May election is March 18

Although federal, state and municipal elections are decided in even-number years, dozens of local races will be up for election on May 18.

Seats on every school board in the county will be up for election, as well as various taxing districts that cover services like fire protection, parks and recreation, and cemeteries.

The filing deadline for these seats is March 18.

In Hermiston, the seats belonging to Karen Sherman, Mark Gomolski, Bryan Medelez and Brent Pitney are all up for election. Sherman and Pitney are running for new terms on Position 6 and Position 4, respectively.

Dain Gardner, a senior trooper with the Oregon State Police, is running for Position 3, the seat held by Gomolski.

If no one files for an open seat, the winner of the write-in vote will be offered the seat.

If they decline, the board can appoint someone to the seat.

Besides school boards, all fire districts, cemetery districts, water control districts and parks and recreation districts will also be on the ballot.

Other taxing districts with elections include the boards that govern Blue Mountain Community College, the Umatilla County Special Library District, the Port of Umatilla and the Umatilla Morrow Radio & Data District.

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