Updated: May 28, 2020
Newport citizens will be electing a Mayor and three Councilors in the general election
on November 3, 2020. All positions are at-large which means that the candidates can live
in any area of the city, but once elected, represent all citizens, rather than those in a
particular district or ward.
The three Council positions are elected based on the three candidates receiving the highest number of votes. The Mayoral position is voted on separately. The sitting Councilors up for election in 2020 are Beatriz Botello, Dietmar Goebel, and Cynthia Jacobi. Mayor Dean Sawyer’s seat is also up for election. Council terms are four years, and the Mayoral term is two years. Mayor Sawyer has already indicated that he plans to run again for office.
The Newport City Council is currently seeking applications from residents interested in filling a
vacancy on the Newport City Council. The vacancy was created by the resignation of former City Councilor David Allen, who recently accepted the position of City Attorney for
the City of Newport.
The selected applicant will fill the remainder of former Councilor Allen’s term which will expire on January 3, 2023. Applicants must be qualified electors and have resided within the city limits for at least one year immediately prior to appointment. The application deadline is June 10, 2020, by 3:00 P.M. Applications received after that date and time will not be considered.
The City Councilors will conduct interviews of the applicants at the City Council meeting of June 15, 2020. Following the interviews, an appointment to fill the vacancy will be made by the City Council.
The City Charter provides that the Mayor and Councilors must be qualified electors
under state law, and reside within the city for at least one year immediately before election
or appointment. No person may be a candidate at a single election for more than one city
office, and neither the Mayor nor any Councilor may be employed by the city. Candidate information packets will be available on the city’s website on May 29, 2020.
The packets contain important information that potential candidates will need, including
the declaration of candidacy form, a candidate’s calendar, and links to the Oregon
Secretary of State’s Office for campaign finance information, along with other relative
information. In Newport, candidates file by declaration rather than circulating a petition.
The first day to submit a declaration of candidacy (SEL 101) is June 3, 2020, and the deadline is 5:00 P.M., PDT, on August 25, 2020. The declaration of candidacy must be submitted to the Peggy Hawker, Newport City Recorder, 169 SW Coast Highway, Newport.
The candidate information packets will be available on the city’s website,
www.newportoregon.gov on Friday, May 29, 2020. Hard copies of this packet may be
obtained by calling the city recorder at 541.574.0613, or by e-mail at