Melanie Kebler, center, attends an election night watch party Tuesday at Silver Moon Brewing in Bend. She will be the next mayor of Bend after her opponent, Chris Piper, conceded Wednesday morning.

Chris Piper conceded the race for mayor of Bend on Wednesday to Melanie Kebler and congratulated his opponent via Twitter.

“Good morning, Mayor-Elect. Congratulations on the race and win to become Bend’s next Mayor. You have served the Bend community as Councilor with energy and commitment,” Piper tweeted Wednesday morning, a reply to a tweet from Kebler announcing her victory.

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we can now all be assured of the same failed policies that Kebler brought as council member along with the current and newly elected council members who really don't have a clue about how to run anything. I'd really be interested in the voting demographic to see what group enabled this.


As if the city is a reflection of the last two years. This councils policies have barely begun to be implemented. Sound like you should get out and talk to all the folks in town to share a different viewpoint than you, maybe you'll learn something.


Better to have an election. After all, the next scheduled elections (Park Board, etc.) are March 14 and May 16. The vacancy is a 2 year position--long enough so that the one who fills it should be elected--rather than selected. Will maintain trust in City government and uphold democratic traditions.


The Council has an opportunity to appoint a person of color; hopefully many apply.

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