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Six in running for four Medford Council seats

Six candidates have filed to run in November for four seats on the Medford City Council, according to filing documents.

Incumbent Al Densmore, an insurance benefits adviser, and CPA Curt Ankerberg will go head-to-head in Ward 1. In Ward 2, realtor Karen Blair will challenge incumbent Ben Truwe, a publisher.

There will be no competition in Wards 3 and 4. Production artist John Michaels has filed for the Ward 3 position and is uncontested. Ward 3 Councilwoman Jill Stout did not file paperwork for re-election.

Ward 4 incumbent Bob Strosser, a real estate broker, also is unopposed.

Candidates had until Aug. 24 to file for the Nov. 2 election. They had to collect 25 verifiable signatures in support of their candidacy to secure a place on the ballot.

Densmore has served as Ward 1 councilman for the past four years and served as mayor for six years in the 1970s and 1980s.

He has a master's degree in secondary education from Ashland's Southern Oregon University and a bachelor's degree in political science from Portland State University. His opponent, Ankerberg, has a bachelor's degree in business administration/accounting and has completed graduate-level business courses through the California State University System and at Golden Gate University.

Blair has an associate degree in general studies from Rogue Community College and certificates in real estate and the travel service. Incumbent Truwe has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nevada.

Michaels has an associate degree in general studies from Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif., and served in the U.S. Army between 1980 and 1984.

Strosser has a bachelor's degree in public management and administration from Pepperdine University. Before moving to Medford in 1990, he was a longtime police officer in California.

Reach reporter Paris Achen at 541-776-4459 or e-mail pachen@mailtribune.com.