Every two years the City elects four Councilors. Three seats are four-year terms and one seat is a two-year term. (see Chapter II, section 3 of the City Charter)
In November 2012 the following candidates were elected to the City Council:
1. How long have you been living in Baker City? 33 years Born and raised
2. Why are you running for the Baker City Council? I'm running for city council because two months ago there was a need for people to help run our town. I saw a need and wanted to help.
3. If elected, what would be your main priorities? My main priorities would be to keep our city a safe place to raise a family, a place that is not only a great place to visit but a place that people want to live in.
4. What do you think is the most important asset of the City? Our most important asset is our location in Oregon and the atmosphere that we have. We have a friendly atmosphere here that is like no other place I have been.
5. What do you like the most in our city? I like many things about our town. I love the history we have, I love having the river go thru town that we can play in on hot days, and I like all of the different events we have all year long.
6. A brief description of who you are. I was born and raised in Baker County. My parents are Dave and Diana Downing and my Grandparents are Gus and Kay Markgraf all of Baker County. I graduated from Baker High School in 1998, I attended Portland State University, Portland Community College, and Mt. Hood Community College. I moved home in 2002 and went to work for Baker School District 5J as a School Bus Driver. During the summer I have worked on ranches in the area. I married my wife Krisi in 2004. We have 3 kids, Weston 6, Mason 4, and Kinley who was born on March 29th 2012. I continued to drive bus until June 2011 when I was hired at Oregon Trail Live Stock Supply. I have also worked at Baker County Consolidated Dispatch as a reserve dispatcher for the past 5 years.
7. Why one should vote for you? I'm coming into this with no personal agenda. I just want to help our town stay a great place to live. I want to be a person that people can come to with there concerns and issues. I will be a voice for the great of this community .
1. How long have you been living in Baker City? We moved to Baker City 2004, knowing not a soul.
2. Why are you running for the Baker City Council? I am running for the Baker City Council for the opportunity to serve this community that welcomed us and made us feel at home.
3. If elected, what would be your main priorities? My main priority will be to represent all of the people, to listen to their concerns, and to proceed to act on them appropriately. The current Council has been working diligently on the Resort Street project and the challenge of the water treatment issue. If these items have not been successfully resolved by January, I will work to keep the momentum going until they are.
4. What do you think is the most important asset of the City? The most important asset that the City enjoys is the wonderful small town atmosphere, the community spirit and the connectedness of its people.
5. What do you like the most in our city? Beyond the scenery and the climate, that is what I most love about Baker City.
6. A brief description of who you are. I am retired after twenty-nine years in the real estate business, during which time I held many elected leadership positions in the REALTOR organization. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have a large close-knit family.
7. Why one should vote for you? Your vote is important, as you will be choosing people to serve you in the next four years. I am a fair-minded, unbiased woman who will work for all of the people. I am hoping to be a part of a City Council that works together to maintain our small-town atmosphere, while exploring avenues to improve our economic future.
Richard W. Langrell
1. How long have you been living in Baker City? I first moved to Baker City in 2003. Two years later, after meeting my husband here, we moved to Corvallis. We returned to Baker in 2008 and have lived here since.
2. Why are you running for the Baker City Council? I want to participate more fully in the decisions that effect me, my family, and my community.
3. If elected, what would be your main priorities? My main priority is to be collaborative with other council members and make reasonable, thoughtful, and logical decisions. I have no agenda, but I do care greatly about the issues that improve the livability of Baker. This includes community safety, parks, and public services.
4. What do you think is the most important asset of the City? I believe the city's greatest asset is its location, for many reasons. The beauty and accessibility of the mountains make it attractive to outdoor-enthusiasts. It's location along the Oregon Trail gives us a deep history. It is close enough to large cities to give us the option of taking in cultural events, but far enough away that we are not bothered by the problems associated with urban life. I could go on and on. I believe it is located perfectly.
5. What do you like the most in our city? I love the Leo Adler Pathway. I love that I can walk along the river at any time of the day and see people I know doing the same thing. I can bike along the path with my children from one end of town to the other, without ever having to worry about traffic. It is available for everyone to enjoy, regardless of age, race, social class or financial ability. The fact that we have such a feature in this town shows that we value community, nature, and each other.
6. A brief description of who you are. I was born in The Dalles, and raised in Ontario. I graduated with a bachelor degree from University of Oregon, and a JD from Lewis & Clark School of Law. My first job out of law school was as Deputy District Attorney here in Baker County in 2003. I also served as legal counsel for Baker County at that time. I met my husband, Charlie Tracy, here in Baker and we were married here as well. We moved to the Willamette Valley when I was hired by the Oregon Attorney General's Office in 2005. I practiced as an Assistant Attorney General until I had my son Luke. We returned to Baker in 2008. Since returning to Baker I have spent much of my time happily raising my two children, Luke who is five years old, and Grace who is two. I also teach as an adjunct instructor in the criminal justice program at BMCC. I am truly passionate about teaching and feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in the community in this way. My husband and I enjoy skiing, snowboarding, hiking and camping. We are thrilled to be raising our family here, where we can share these things with our children.
7. Why one should vote for you? As a relative "new comer" to Baker City, I bring a fresh perspective to the issues facing the city. I have no agenda, no loyalties, and no grudges. I intend to make reasonable, logical, thoughtful decisions based on the information that is available.