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Incumbent Announces Now

Holen will seek third term as WS mayor

Roger Holen has decided to seek a third four-year term as mayor of White Salmon.

Holen, 66, has served in the non-partisan office for the past eight years.

The position will be on the ballot in November 2003.

Holen said he did not consider the office to be very political.

"Philosophically, I favor term limits," he said. "But this is not a political position. What the mayor does is run the City Council meetings and manage the city staff. It's more like running a company than being a politician."

Holen explained there were three key reasons why he decided to go for a third term.

"First, I was asked to run again by city staff and others in community," he said. "We are a good team, and can do the job best if there are no disruptions. Second, we are faced with some economic challenges that really came home to roost this year with the nationwide malaise. My concern is 2004 may be just as bad as 2003 -- if not worse than 2003. And third, I'm hoping we can employ annexation as a way to mitigate that [economic malaise] for the city of White Salmon."

Holen pointed out that his cooperative partnership with the political leaders of Bingen was also one of his considerations.

"Not that it would cease If I were not to be mayor, but I think [Bingen Mayor] Brian Prigel and I have worked well together, and I'd like to continue that cooperation," Holen explained. "We've really moved in the right direction as a city, in terms of cooperation and biting tough bullets like fixing the water system. If we hadn't done that, we'd still be facing a boil water order."

Holen said he was proud to be mayor of White Salmon.

"This is just a great community to work for, as evidenced by the debate over the recent anti-war resolution," he said. "A lot of concerned citizens came out with the good graces to work in a positive manner without negativism."

Holen joked about his age.

"If Dick Cheney can hang in there, I guess I can. But if someone were to step up that the city staff endorsed, I'd have no problem stepping aside," he added.

Other local political offices on the ballot this year include two seats on the Bingen City Council and two on the White Salmon City Council.

In Bingen, the positions on the ballot this year are currently held by Larry Murphy and Jeanette Fentie.

In White Salmon, the seats now held by Tim Stone and Francis Gaddis will be up for grabs.

City Council members serve four-year terms.

The deadline to file for political offices in this fall's elections comes in July.

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