All three seats on the Umatilla City Council up for reelection in November will be contested races, with a mix of newcomers and incumbents.
According to the filing paperwork for the election, councilor Michael Roxbury is not running again for position #2 on the council. Instead, Daren Dufloth and Devon Mitchell will be vying for the seat.
Mitchell said he has lived in Umatilla since 2014 and lived in Hermiston for almost a decade before that. He works for Eastern Oregon Telecom and the Oregon Army National Guard.
He said he believes Umatilla has a lot of potential, and he wants to help the city continue moving in a positive direction.
“It’s always felt like home. It’s always been a nice place to live,” he said. “I want to see it grow and excel and if I can have a hand in that, great.”
Dufloth, who owns The Bridge (previously known as Riverside Sports Barand Lounge) with his wife Paulette, has served on the city council before and was mayor from 2017-19 before being beat by current Mayor Mary Dedrick when he ran for a second term.
Dufloth said he believes Umatilla is headed in a good direction and wants to be part of the “brain trust” that helps the city grow and improve.
“The city is making a lot of investment in our community and I wanted to be part of that,” he said.
Incumbent Ashley Wheeler is running for a second term in position #4. She was appointed to the position in 2018. According to her filing paperwork, she is a business owner and the office manager at Edward Jones Investments.
Wheeler is running against Isis Ilias, whose husband Ivan Gutierrez is also on the ballot.
Ilias, a stay-at-home mother, said she and Gutierrez both decided to run because they wanted to be a voice for the community and support the city, particularly the public library, where Ilias serves on the board.
“We believe in this community and want to be of service to it,” she said.
Gutierrez is running against Roak TenEyck for position #6 on the council. TenEyck was appointed to the council in 2013 and successfully ran to keep the position in 2017. He is a crop advisor for Simplot Grower Solutions.