Capell could face second challenger

Physician Nathan Boddie is gathering signatures to run for Bend City Council

Bulletin staff report /

Published Aug 23, 2014 at 12:02AM

One of the latest people to begin collecting signatures to run for a seat on the Bend City Council is Nathan Boddie, a physician and member of the Bend Sewer Infrastructure Advisory Group.

Boddie said on Friday he was still gathering signatures for his petition to get on the ballot, and he declined to comment on the election. “I’ll wait until I’m officially on the ballot,” Boddie said.

According to paperwork Boddie filed with the city, he obtained his bachelor’s degree in zoology from Auburn University, his master’s degree in environmental science from Columbus State University and his medical degree from St. George’s University.

The city document indicates Boddie plans to run for the seat occupied by city Councilor Mark Capell. Boddie is the second potential challenger for Capell’s seat, after activist Foster Fell announced earlier this month he plans to seek the position.

Boddie filed a complaint against Capell with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission in 2013, after Capell voted to proceed with a $30 million water treatment project.

It turned out that city officials had already contacted the commission to inquire whether Capell, whose brother Paul Capell works at the large engineering firm that designed plans for the water filtration plant, could vote on whether to proceed with the project.

An employee of the commission ultimately advised Capell that he could vote on the issue, and after the commission investigated Boddie’s complaint, it determined Capell did not violate state ethics laws.

The deadline for candidates to turn in signatures to get on the ballot is 5 p.m. Tuesday, City Recorder Robyn Christie confirmed by email Friday.