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EWEB incumbent to seek at-large seat.

Byline: SCOTT MABEN The Register-Guard

Eugene Water & Electric Board Commissioner Peter Bartel filed Tuesday for election to the at-large position on the five-member board in the May primary election.

Bartel will face another EWEB incumbent, Sandra Bishop, who filed for the at-large position in October. The seat is being vacated by Susie Smith, whose third four-year term ends this year.

Bartel's first term also ends this year, and he can't seek re-election to his seat because redistricting left him living outside City Council Wards 4 and 5, which he's represented on the board.

Bishop remains in her two-ward district and is halfway through her current term.

Bartel, a business consultant specializing in planning and strategic planning, listed several reasons he wants to remain an EWEB commissioner.

"It takes a while to learn the complex set of issues that EWEB has to deal with," he said. "Experience counts. ... When you lose a senior member like Susie Smith, the importance of keeping people who have some knowledge and skills dealing with the complex issues EWEB has is very important."

One of Bartel's top interests has been conservation and development of new power sources, including renewable energy such as wind. He also has taken a leading role in EWEB's new telecommunications venture, which would provide broadband service to the Eugene area.

He also was actively involved with several administrative changes, including board approval of contracts, planning ahead for staff turnover and revising the process for evaluating the general manager.

Bartel also has been involved with EWEB's recent review of its site plan and capital improvements, as well as its water supply plan.

He recently was re-elected president of the Lane Council of Governments Board. He's a former chairman of the Eugene Planning Commission and the now-defunct Eugene Downtown Commission. He also served on the Lane County Budget Committee and L-COG's Senior and Disabled Services Committee.

The filing deadline for the May primary is March 5. EWEB positions are unpaid and nonpartisan.
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Date:Jan 9, 2002
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