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Don Sundeen lost his bid for re-election to a second term as Dundee mayor, succumbing to challenger Ted Crawford, a member of the city council.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Crawford had garnered 637 (52.86 percent) of the votes to Sundeen's 568 (47.14 percent).

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Dundee Mayor Don Sundeen

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Dundee City Councilor Don Sundeen said he didn't know for what, exactly, he was pleading not guilty."I really honestly don't know what I didn't obey," Sundeen, who is running for mayor, said at his arraignment Thursday at Dundee City Hall."That's the bottom line."Sundeen said he needed to know, in more concrete terminology than was provided on the citation, what it was he did wrong in order to prepare a defense.Mahr said that Sundeen, as a city councilor, was ultimately his boss and cited a conflict of interest in the matter before recusing himself.Mahr offered Sundeen the choice of appearing in circuit court or in Dundee municipal court with another judge. Sundeen chose the latter, and consequently Mahr scheduled Sundeen's hearing for Aug. 19, the next court date for which Mahr had been able to find another judge.Sundeen has declined to go into detail about his version of the events, saying he'll save any public statements for the judge.At least one Dundee resident, Bret Lieuallen, a candidate for city council, has called for Sundeen to recuse himself from the executive session, citing a conflict of interest.

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Sundeen ousts Ragsdale in Dundee race "My first priority is to replace (City Administrator Eve Dolan, who retires Dec. 31)," Sundeen said, "then address the sewage treatment plant."Sundeen won the office by 552 votes to Ragsdale's 480, a margin of victory of 53 percent, and a surprise to many observers of the race.Ragsdale's term in office was marked by controversy and Dundee residents may have been ready for a change, Sundeen said."I ran (for mayor) two years ago, and got a positive response, but in this election, there was an underlying encouragement that I didn't feel last time around," Sundeen said.As a member of Dundee's Transportation Advisory Committee, Sundeen helped craft the plan, but said he is willing to accommodate changes."The council has already suggested changes, and I fully support that," he said."I served my first two years on the council together with Sundeen - he has a lot of experience with the issues the city is facing, and I'm definitely looking forward to working with him," Nelson said.Pugsley and Sundeen will join the returning members of the Dundee city council at their next regular meeting, at 7 p.m. Nov. 20, at Dundee City Hall, 620 S.W. Fifth St.

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The city council president faces fellow councilor Don Sundeen in the Nov. 2 election."I think I'm more personable," she said, hesitating afterwards, seemingly uncomfortable offering unadorned plugs for herself."I get people involved.I think that's important."Another strong point of hers, she added, is once she has heard from the people and made up her mind she stays the course.Her reason for running for mayor is the same one her opponent offered: it's a natural progression in her public service.Don SundeenYears of government experience tops Don Sundeen's list of reasons why he thinks he's the better of the two candidates for Dundee mayor.In Dundee's weak mayor system one of his duties would be to run the meetings.Sundeen pointed this out, then said his experience would enable him to do it better."You make sure everything is done procedurally correct," Sundeen said.Sundeen collaborated with many government agencies during his 28 years working as a biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.He served four years on the Dundee Planning Commission - what he called great training ground for the city council - before being elected to city council four years ago.The first-term councilor's seat is up for re-election this year, meaning if he loses the mayor's race his seat will have been filled.Sundeen has owned property in Yamhill County since the mid-1980s, when he purchased a vineyard.He moved to Dundee about 10 years ago.The vineyard was for retirement for he and his wife, Elizabeth, but instead he sold the land and took up golfing and local politics.Echoing his opponent's motivation, Sundeen said he's running for mayor because it's a natural next step for his civic service.As mayor, in addition to running the council meetings, he would act as the city government's mouthpiece.Here's what he said about Dundee in a written statement for the voter's pamphlet:"I envision Dundee remaining primarily a residential community with small-scale economic development that fits the residential/agricultural flavor of the community and protects and promotes a high quality of life, good schools, open space and excellent public safety standards.This can be accomplished through active citizen input, a team of elected officials working together and a dedicated city staff."This week in an interview with The Graphic he discussed several of the issues facing Dundee.BypassSundeen said that while the Newberg/Dundee bypass is important, "we need to look at ways to get rid of the congestion in Dundee."The bottleneck on Highway 99W in Dundee sees some 30,000 cars per day and the bypass is years away from becoming reality.Sundeen credited himself with getting the ball rolling on the latest round of discussions with the Oregon Department of Transportation for solutions."I don't pretend to have the answers," he said.But, while acknowledging that a lot of heads have been scratched over this problem, he said the city needs to try and develop alternative routes.He cited State Rep.Donna Nelson's idea to use Highway 240 as one option for further consideration.GrowthSundeen is for Dundee's planned growth, but he said it should not come at an unfair expense to those already living in Dundee."I don't think citizens should (subsidize Dundee's) future growth," he said.He said the next step toward continued growth , building a new sewage treatment facility and replacing the one at capacity that is hindering growth , should be funded in part by the people who move into the area.He said he would like to see the city work with landowners interested in developing the area to produce a compromise.PoliceThe future of Dundee's law enforcement is unsure and may not be decided until after Dundee voters decide their next mayor and city council.The city of Dundee has declared the Dundee Police Department, down to two officers, to be in a state of emergency and hired the temporary services of the Newberg Police Department.The council's police committee is considering three options , retaining the city's own police department, adopting a long-term contract with Newberg police or contracting the services of the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office."My personal preference would be to have our own force," Sundeen said.But he realized the funding constraints of the city, and said if the city could get better service for the dollar by contracting through Newberg, and if the city could maintain its identity, he could see going with Newberg.To talk with Sundeen yourself call 503-538-5284 or e-mail him at dsundeen@teleport.com.

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