Two current Bend City Councilors are throwing their hats in the ring to be the next mayor of Bend.
Jodie Barram, who is currently serving as mayor pro tem, and Jim Clinton, who was elected to his third council term in November, are seeking the office, according to an email from Barram sent Friday to the Source and The Bulletin.
In the email, Barram says she and Clinton hope to declare their candidacy in a joint editorial they have submitted to local media and will discuss the issue at the next Bend City Council meeting.
The mayor, a position with authority to manage meetings and the power to champion a vision for the council, is selected by the seven city councilors. In recent years, calls have come from the community to allow the public to elect the mayor, but that would require an update to the city's charter.
At the last city council meeting held on Nov. 19, Councilor Mark Capell opened the discussion of who should be mayor by publicly announcing he wanted the job. He cited his experience with budgets and his role as a centrist on the council as reasons he would be best for the position.
Barram did not outline her reasons for interest in the position in her Friday email, but she did share several letters of endorsement including recommendations from Redmond Mayor George Endicott, former Bend City Councilor Kathie Eckman, former Oregon State Representative Judy Stiegler and the mayor of Maupin that she would be best for the job.