- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - Pendleton’s mayor, who has been in office since 2004, says he will not seek re-election in 2016.

The East Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/hpQbx7 ) that 57-year-old Mayor Phillip Houk announced Monday that he would not seek a fourth term.

Houk’s name has been on ballots since the early 1980s. He first ran for city government at the age of 22. He successfully won a seat on the Blue Mountain Community College shortly after and was elected to the Pendleton City Council in 1994. He took office as mayor in 2004 and ran unopposed in 2008 and 2012.

City Recorder Andrea Denton says no one has yet filed to fill the position. The filing deadline for the May 17 municipal election is March 8.

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Information from: East Oregonian, https://www.eastoregonian.com

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