Monday, June 30 2014, 08:56 PM CDT
Four Vacancies in Medford's City Council and Not Many Applications are Turned In.
By Aaron Nilsson/KTVL.comMEDFORD, Ore. -- Four seats on Medford’s city council are opening by the end of 2014.
City leaders said they are concerned because, so far, one of the seats has no applications.
“There is some concern. It is still early, but I encourage anyone who is interested in running for council to contact our office and for any ward,” Wilson said.
Medford city recorder, Glenda Wilson, said the actual application process for a council candidate is not lengthy or difficult.
Wilson said nobody has an application in for former council member Karen Blair’s area, Ward 2, which includes Southwest Medford.
“We love to see people participate in government. It’s your opportunity to fight for your community and how it moves forward and the council encourages people to apply,” Wilson said.
Wilson said being a part of city council is a commitment involving between ten and 20 hours for each council member each week.
Wilson also said council members stay busy with meetings, handling resident’s concerns and other events, but it’s a vital part of the community.
The form someone would need to fill out to be considered for a city council position is available on the city of Medford’s website.
After that, a candidate only needs 25 signatures to get their name on the ballot.
“That’s all it takes to get you on the ballot. Much easier than an initiative where you have to have a large number of people for the petition. Most people find it very easy to meet that requirement,” Wilson said.
Current councilman over Northwest Medford, or Ward 3, John Michaels, said he will not run for the council seat this election.Travis Hardey said he wants to step up and take that spot.
Hardey launched a Facebook page for his election and said the time is right for him to be a part of the current issues involving the city.
“We are at a critical place to decide moving forward, so I want to be a part of that. I want it to be a place where my kids can grow up. I want to have my kids see a future here and want to stay,” Hardey said.
Hardey said only three people have applications in for Ward 3.He said he does not think people are less interested in government, but it’s difficult for some people to commit so much time for an unpaid position.
“A lot of people are busy working two jobs, they’re busy trying to make ends meet and they don’t have time for this,” Hardey said.
Hardey said he is excited because he has full support from his job, his wife and his family.
“That’s where I really feel like I have the support where I can commit to something like this,” Hardey said.
City leaders said city boards and commissions also have openings.Applications will be accepted starting in September.