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Leading Bend Candidates Concerned About Water Project

Opponents of Bend’s planned $68 million surface water project have made some inroads on the city council. While the final results aren’t yet certified, opposition candidates appear to have commanding leads in three of four open seats.

The three candidates don’t completely see eye-to-eye on what the project ought to look like, but they all agree they don’t like the current plan.

One of those candidates, Doug Knight, is a licensed civil engineer and chief commissioner on the Bend Urban Area Planning Commission. He believes opposition to the project was a galvanizing force in this election.

“When it was discovered that it was going to be a $68 million project and that the project was going to be built upon the backs of the ratepayers, people began to feel that the city wasn’t spending their money in a responsible way,” Knight said.

The two other candidates that appear poised for victory are incumbent Jim Clinton, and Bend resident Sally Russell. Should the results hold, Russell would replace longtime city councilor and former mayor, Kathy Eckman.

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