Controversial Roseburg councilor voted off city council

Councilwoman Ashley Hicks, Ward 4 Position 2, was defeated by challenger Patrice Sipos by 14 percentage points.

Posted: Nov 4, 2020 4:11 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A controversial Roseburg city councilor has been voted out of her position after yesterday’s election.

Councilwoman Ashley Hicks, Ward 4 Position 2, was defeated by challenger Patrice Sipos by 14 percentage points.

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Sipos told KEZI 9 News that she moved to Roseburg from California to retire more than six years ago. She said it was her goal to get more involved in the community when she moved to the city.

“Working with the council as a whole will help the area, like encouraging people to shop local is one,” she said.

In February, the Roseburg City Council placed a sanction on Hicks for “inappropriate” social media use.

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In August, city manager Nikki Messenger filed an intention to sue the council after she accused Hicks of making discriminatory comments against her for her gender.

However, Sipos said she is excited to bring a new perspective to the council.

“My real work is just beginning,” she said. “I’m going to do my very best to meet the expectation of the entire community. I look forward to being a voice for all we stand.”

KEZI 9 News reached out to Hicks for comment, but she did not get back to us.

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