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Redmond City Council elections continue trend of change

(Update: Adding video, comment from city councilors-elect)

REDMOND, Ore (KTVZ) -- Just like Bend, Redmond is seeing a significant shakeup on its city council.

City Councilor-Elect Shannon Wedding said Friday, "I think it speaks a lot to the community, to be completely honest. Communities are looking for change. The current election on the federal level is indicative of that."

Redmond voters just elected three brand new city councilors in Tuesday’s election.

Added fellow Councilor-Elect Clifford Evelyn: "It's a new chapter in the growth of Bend and Redmond."

In addition to being one of the new councilors, Evelyn, a retired sheriff's commander from Clark County Washington, is also believed to be the first Black person elected to Redmond's City Council.

"I'm not a person to actually talk about my color a lot,” he told NewsChannel 21 Friday. “I'm really proud to be a Black man in America, and I think it's really great that the people of Redmond saw something in me that they voted me in."

He’s only been in Redmond since 2017. Another new councilor, Wedding has been there an even shorter time, about 18 months, moving from Houston, Texas.

"And there was actually a lot of interest,” she said. “Just with my background as a background as an engineer, especially in such a large capacity for such a large utility that I could bring a lot of that insight and really help on the infrastructure side, because a lot of the things we constantly hear about are infrastructure."

While Evelyn and Wedding are new to Redmond, Ed Fitch, the election's leading vote-getter, should be familiar to many in Redmond and around the region.

Fitch used to be mayor 20 years ago and ran unsuccessfully for the post again in 2018, trying to unseat George Endicott, who prevailed and won another 2-year term Tuesday.

He said he wants to focus on projects such as redeveloping the vacant land near the city-owned Juniper Golf Course and the Central Oregon Community College Redmond expansion.

"These issues aren't getting addressed,” Fitch said. “I think they're important for the long-term future of Redmond. We need to start working on them, or we are going to lose those opportunities."

There is a vacancy on the council currently, after the recent resignation of Albert Calderon. Endicott told NewsChannel 21 on Friday that it will stay that way until the new councilors are seated in January.

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    1. Yep! The Watson family is stoked!!! Bob & Virginia would be proud! After all, owning politicians is what they do best! Building a crappy house for working folks is a sideline!

  1. Well, the city will continue to lose important funds. Endicott does things through his religious lense and not with the intent of what’s best for Redmond. Sad day.

    1. And the rest of them are in the pocket of local developers. Now, I’m not necessarily saying that’s a bad thing. Ask Fitch, this town didn’t exist until a bunch of developers bought/stole some land in cahoots with mayor Murphy and built a bunch of cheap homes for folks that couldn’t buy in Bend. Back then Redmond ad less than 4000 residents; now 4 families have made millions and built or financed thousands of dwellings.

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