Interested candidates for the Hermiston City Council can file to run for an at-large seat until Aug. 25 at 5 p.m.

Hermiston has four “ward” seats on the council that represent a specific area of the city, and four at-large seats that can come from anywhere in the city. All four of the at large positions are up for election Nov. 3.

Everyone who files will be listed on the ballot, and the top four vote-getters will begin a four-year term on the council on Jan. 1.

The at-large seats are currently held by Manuel Gutierrez, Rod Hardin, Doug Primmer and David McCarthy. McCarthy was sworn in June 8 after being appointed to fill John Kirwan’s seat after Kirwan resigned. Although no one has turned in filing paperwork, yet, McCarthy told councilors when he was appointed that he plans to run to keep the seat beyond the rest of the year.

Mayor David Drotzmann and Municipal Judge Thomas Creasing will not appear on the November ballot after running unopposed and winning their seats during the May primary.

Election information and applications to file for candidacy can be found online at or at city hall. For more information, contact City Recorder Lilly Alarcon-Strong at 541-667-5004 or

Alarcon-Strong can also be contacted about information and applications for city committees. Current positions open include seats on the planning commission, faith based advisory committee and budget committee.

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