Incumbent Roseburg City Councilor Tom Ryan will have just one challenger in November after all.
That’s because Canna King marijuana store owner Dennis Rogers has failed to obtain enough signatures to qualify for the ballot.
It’s not the first time.
In 2016, Rogers was disqualified from a run for City Council because he didn’t have enough valid signatures.
Rogers went on the offensive soon after filing his initial paperwork last month to run for office. He said he thought anybody but Ryan should have the job.
“No one’s going to have more signs than me. No one’s going to throw more dollars at this than me. And the whole meme is going to be anybody but Tom,” he said in a July interview.
With Rogers’s campaign rendered moot, the race will now be between Ryan and former city councilor Marty Katz.
Rogers said in an email he decided not to run after all, both for business reasons and because Katz is already challenging Ryan. Rogers said he’s been spending more time on the day-to-day operations of his marijuana farm in Eugene, and is also concentrating on expanding Canna King to other Oregon cities.
Katz is a former downtown business owner who was appointed to the council in 2012, and stepped down in 2015. He formerly served with Ryan as one of two Ward 2 councilors. But Katz’s former seat isn’t up for re-election this year, and Ryan’s is, so the two will square off in November.
Ryan is a retired police officer who has served on the council for about 20 years, from 1995 to 2004 and again from 2007 until the present. He chairs the city’s Economic Development Commission.
The only other contested Roseburg council race is for a Ward 4 position. Three women, retired parole officer Bev Cole, downtown business owner Kristi Rifenbark and NeighborWorks Umpqua resident service coordinator Ruth Smith will compete for that seat, which is currently held by Steve Kaser. Kaser is not running for re-election.
Mayor Larry Rich and Ward 1 Councilor Alison Eggers will run unopposed for re-election to their seats.
Bob Cotterell will be unopposed in his run for a seat he previously held. John McDonald wrested the Ward 3 seat away from Cotterell in 2014, but did not file for re-election this year. Cotterell, a retired police officer, served as a Ward 3 councilor from 2011 to 2014.