McMinnville Alderman Mike Neal is considering a run for the Republican nomination for county executive, but he is not thinking about holding both positions.
Neal says he hasn’t checked on the legality of holding both offices, however, he has no interest in being city alderman and county executive.
“I haven’t checked if I could hold both, but I wouldn’t do both,” Neal said. “That is not something I’m interested in. It’s just too much. If I were to be elected county executive, I would resign from my seat on the city board.”
Qualifying papers must be submitted before noon on Feb. 20. With more than a month to go before the deadline, Neal said ink has not yet touched his paper.
“To be truthful, we are just thinking about it,” Neal said, referring to himself and his wife. “I haven’t gotten the first signature on my papers. I’m still in the thinking stage of this while listening for a little feedback.”
Neal was elected to the McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen in 2012. If he were to win a bid for county executive this year, he would be two years into his four-year term on the city board. What remains of his term would be filled with current board making nominations and the seat going to the first person who receives a majority vote.
After checking with City Hall, there is nothing within its charter that would require Neal to resign his seat on the board in order to hold the office of county executive.