Three council seats and the mayor’s seat for the City of Hines will be on the general ballot this November, in accordance with the Hines City Charter. Three of the six council positions cycle every two years, and this year, they are Position 1 (currently held by Hilda Allison), Position 2 (currently held by Brent Drury) and Position 3 (currently held by John Mims).
Because Mayor Nikki Morgan was selected last year to serve out the remainder of the former mayor’s term, her position is also on the ballot. Morgan, Allison, Drury and Mims have already completed petitions and filed for re-election. Roy Crafts Jr. has also filed for Position 3.
Under the city charter, Hines Common Council members have the power and authority to exercise all police powers to the same extent as the State of Oregon; to make and enforce all water, sanitary, police and local laws; provide for the punishment of ordinance violations; provide for entering into contracts with the city; accept, reject, purchase or acquire all property, real or personal; provide for the maintenance of public facilities, emergency services and streets; and ensure the public welfare.
The mayor’s powers and duties include general supervision over the affairs of the city and its officers; oversight of all contracts and agreements; approval of all undertakings or bonds; and emergency command of the police force. The mayor has no vote in Council proceedings, except during a deadlock or tied vote.
Any person who is a resident of Hines and the U.S., at least 18 years of age and entitled under Oregon law to the privileges of an elector, may hold office in the City of Hines. Candidate packets are available at Hines City Hall, 101 E. Barnes in Hines. The last day to file is Aug. 28.