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Retain Councilor Kay Brooks in Ward 3

City Councilor Kay Brooks faces three challengers in her bid for reelection to her Ward 3 seat. She has been an effective champion for her northwest Medford ward, and we recommend voters keep her.

Brooks has served on multiple city commissions in addition to her City Council service, including serving as president of the Medford Urban Renewal Agency, which is directed by the City Council.

Chad McComas, pastor of Set Free Christian Fellowship and director of the nonprofit Rogue Retreat, which operates homeless shelters, has a long record of community service. He also helped founded Compass House, a drop-in center for people experiencing mental illness, and serves on the board of the Addictions Recovery Center. This is his second City Council campaign.

Chad Miller, a Jackson County sheriff’s deputy since 2009, is making his first run for public office. He says he wants to address the need for more housing and better jobs for city residents.

Don Libby, owner of a security service, declined our invitation to participate in a group interview, saying he was not interested in our endorsement.

Miller and McComas are sincere in their desire to serve their community, and either would a reasonable choice. But experience counts in local government, and a councilor who has served ably and wants to continue in an unpaid position should be encouraged to do so unless there is a compelling reason to want a change.

Brooks impressed us with her intelligence and her thorough grasp of the details of city government when she ran four years ago. Those qualities are still present, and we recommend the voters of Ward 3 give her another term.

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