The Press Newspaper
Oregon Council President Tom Susor is running against Mayor Mike Seferian for the mayor’s seat in the November election.
Susor, of Cedarwood Dr., is the only candidate challenging Seferian, both of whom submitted petitions to the Lucas County Board of Elections by the June 12 deadline to be on the ballot.
Susor, a Democrat, was elected to council from 1983 to 1989, and again in 2011.
Seferian said he is confident he will be re-elected, particularly since there have been no controversial issues during his first term as mayor.
“I was elected at a time when the city had seen some of the hardest economic times ever,” said Seferian. “Our revenue was down $800,000, and we were going to get $1 million less from the state. But we still balanced the budget. Through hard economic times, we made our operation more efficient, and we were able to live within our means.”
The city has also attracted new industry, he noted, including an $860 million power plant on N. Lallendorf Road that will generate electricity by burning natural gas. The Oregon Clean Energy project will create over 500 construction jobs.
“We also have projects in the foundation stage waiting to happen,” said Seferian. “I look forward to a second term to see that these projects get completed.”
Susor acknowledged Seferian’s accomplishments, but said it’s not enough.
“Those are all very, very positive things,” he said. “But look around our community. Good enough is not good enough. The general upkeep, the beautification, the things that make your community shine, has been lacking. Oregon is a great place to be. But our children are leaving because we have marched in place and we’re not moving forward. We need to have some vision, and invest in the future for our children and grandchildren so they want to stay here and raise their families. We need to beautify, and utilize our basic assets and tools for economic development. We’re doing good. But we need to do some things better and expand on other levels that sets us apart from other cities.”