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HAYS, LILLARD, MIESNER WIN LA GRANDE COUNCIL SEATS
By Ray Linker
Observer Staff Writer
After three unsuccessful tries, Bill Hays got 35 percent of the vote in a three-way race to win election Tuesday to a seat on the La Grande City Council.
Hays, with 1,551 votes, defeated City Budget Committee Chairman Dan Stark (1,229) and Tim Hoffnagle (810), a research biologist, for Position 3 on the council.
Planning Commission Chairman Gary Lillard, with 1,987 votes, defeated attorney Cory Larvik, who had 1,490 votes, for Position 5.
Mary Ann Miesner unseated Joel Goldstein for Position 6 by 1,933 to 1,798.
Hays, who is retired, said, "I have had a desire to serve the community in this capacity. I feel really good about winning. I'm excited about all the planning going into making the downtown area into a place where people will want to come. In the next couple of years, it will be a great place to see."
He said he respected his opponents, but added, "I kind of anticipated a win."
The position was held by Art Rhodes, who was appointed last spring to fill a vacancy, but he said at that time he would not run for election.
Lillard fills the position held by Doyle Slater, who did not seek re-election.
"It takes a good amount of work to do this, but I want to do the best job I can," Lillard said. "I hope to fulfill the trust of the people."
Miesner was not available for comment Tuesday night or this morning.
Mayor Colleen Johnson and councilors Steve Clements and Dana Wright were unopposed for re-election. Councilor John Bozarth's position was not up for re-election.