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Business owner elected mayor in Eagle Point – Medford News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News – Mail Tribune

Eagle Point’s new mayor is ready to hit the ground running.
Kathy Sell, who defeated incumbent Mayor Ruth Jenks Tuesday by a margin of 57% to 42%, is a business owner and member of Eagle Point City Council.
“I am anxious to get started,” said Sell, who owns Ridgeback Forest Management and works for Good Guys Guns in Medford.
Her first priority will be to visit every licensed business in the city, she said.
“How can I help a business if I don’t even know it’s there?” she said. “I can say, ‘What can I do to help you succeed?’ and if they say, ‘Nothing, I’m happy the way I am.’ Well, that’s just great; at least I can visit them.”
Sell noted a local man gave her some Eagle Point-made barbecue sauce as a gift the other day, leading her to conclude home businesses will have to be part of the conversation in helping the city’s economy.
Sell’s firsthand look at businesses aligns with one of her pledges to be an accessible public official.
“Every business should know who the mayor is, and if they have an issue, they should be able to call the mayor,” she said.
Prior to her election, Sell listed her top priorities for Eagle Point as keeping a sound budget, examining growth and housing, as well as installing a skate park.
“I’ve lived in this community for 40 years, and we still don’t have (a skate park),” she said. “I think we owe it to our community to build them a skate park one way or the other.”
For now, she is focused on several scheduled training sessions provided by the Oregon Mayors Association to help her transition into the top job. Sell said she is not overwhelmed.
“I really just want to do a good job,” she said.
Reach reporter Kevin Opsahl at 541-776-4476 or kopsahl@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @KevJourno.
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