Bulletin Staff Report

Bend Mayor Casey Roats announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election to the Bend City Council due to unspecified health issues.

In an emailed statement, Roats said he would finish his term as mayor. It expires at the end of the year.

“After four years on the City Council … I have decided it’s best for me to not commit to the rigors of a campaign season this fall. I came to this decision while away focusing on my health, family and business. Serving our community has been one of the greatest privileges of my life. I will miss it dearly and look forward to getting back to public service in the not-too-distant future,” Roats said in his statement.

Roats had announced in June that he planned to run for re-election to the Bend City Council, but not seek the mayorship. The mayor became an elected position after voters changed the city charter in May, and the first mayoral election is in the Nov. 6 general election.

Roats is a co-owner of his family’s water utility, Roats Water System, and has two young daughters. He’s served on the City Council since 2015 and was chosen as mayor in 2017. His had previously said his main goals included transportation planning — including making sure Empire Boulevard connects to 27th Street and Murphy Road connects to 15th Street — improving existing streets and significantly improving public safety in downtown Bend.

Though Roats is not running, City Council elections will still feature several crowded races. Seven people have filed petitions to run for mayor, and three have filed for each of two open council seats.

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