CORVALLIS, Ore. — Corvallis is looking for a new mayor come next year. Mayor Julie Manning announced Monday that she will not be seeking re-election in the November election.
Manning made the announcement at Monday’s City Council meeting. This is her fourth year as mayor, and though she says the position has been a great experience, it takes time away from her other responsibilities. She says being the mayor in most Oregon cities is a volunteer position, as it is in Corvallis.
“For some of us, we have other day jobs,” Manning said. “And that is the case for me. And even though I tremendously enjoy being the mayor – it is a rewarding job – it’s also time consuming.”
Manning cut her employment hours at the hospital when she was first elected as mayor, but plans to work full time again starting next year. At the same time, she says she is fully committed to her last year as mayor.
“I’m going to fully dedicate my time and energy to the task at hand,” she said. “I still have 25% of my term left and I wanted them (the council) to feel that I would remain fully engaged in that work throughout the year.”
She says she hopes her early announcement will encourage others who are interested in the position to consider running.