A crowded field of candidates running to become Bend’s first elected mayor since the 1920s includes two sitting city councilors, a disability rights advocate, an attorney who specializes in marijuana law, a freelance photojournalist and the self-described former president of Earth.

Voters in May decided to switch from a system in which councilors choose a mayor from among themselves to a citywide election. They also approved a pay raise, so the next mayor of Bend will earn $1,066 per month, more than five times the $200 per month stipend the current mayor earns.

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