The Bend City Council

The Bend City Council.

The Bend City Council will soon be filling a vacancy when Councilor Melanie Kebler becomes Mayor Melanie Kebler.

The council plans to declare a vacancy on Jan. 4. The person picked to fill the position will serve out about two years of her seat, until December 2024. That’s two years of an unelected person making decisions for Bend.

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Change the City charter so the next highest vote-getter in the council election, across all seats, fills the seat vacated by the mayor-elect. At least that person wil have been vetted by voters. Or better, if a councilor wants to run for mayor they vacate their council seat. No more “Hold my council seat in case I lose.”

Long and Variable

'That’s two years of an unelected person making decisions for Bend.'

The decision part - highly unlikely on a council of this size and make-up.


given all the councilors making this decision were elected AND a majority this last November, I'm sure whoever they select will mirror policies that were popular with the votors and got them elected. A special election with a low voter turnout is probably less representative.

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