- Associated Press - Thursday, August 11, 2016

BEND, Ore. (AP) - Bend Mayor Jim Clinton has announced he will not seek re-election in November.

Clinton was chosen to serve as mayor in 2013 and selected for a second two-year term in 2015. The mayor in Bend is a member of the City Council and is appointed by fellow councilors.

Clinton, in a Wednesday statement, criticized Bend for not having an elected mayor and for only paying councilors $200 a month for what he says “should be an almost full-time job.”

The 72-year-old Clinton has worked on several projects since he began serving on the council in 2004, including the proposed 5-cent gas tax and increased regulations for vacation rentals.

He says his focus has been on moving the city forward and that it’s been an honor to serve the community.

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