Monmouth will have three new councilors

MONMOUTH — The city of Monmouth has a new mayor, Steve Milligan, who ran unopposed and earned 2,697 votes (94 percent).

Monmouth’s City Council has one incumbent re-elected, Darin Silbernagel with 1,318 votes (14 percent).

Silbernagel said he was honored to be re-elected.

“I don’t know what the next issue will be,” Silbernagel said. “I want to put our best foot forward. I have no real agenda except to make it the best place it can be for the city of Monmouth and WOU (Western Oregon University).”

Among newcomers to the council, Laurel Sharmer (1,328, 14 percent), Byron Shinkle (1,168, 12 percent) and Thomas Steinke (1,055, 11 percent) have been elected, according to unofficial election results.

With three new councilors, Silbernagel said he hopes the new group will meld together well.

“We’ve had a really stable council,” he said. “Time will tell. Hopefully things will go consistently well going forward.”

Steve Deptula (1,046, 11 percent), Mark Lane (1,002, 10 percent), Rich Graham (798, 8 percent) and George Jeffery (773, 8 percent) were the other candidates in the race.

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