Ashland city councilor announces she’s running for mayor

ASHLAND, Ore. — Ashland City councilor Julie Akins announced she’ll be running for Ashland mayor this afternoon.

She says her two priorities for the city in 2021 include creating a city budget that doesn’t rely on increasing taxes and fees, as well as adding living wage jobs through collaboration with
manufacturing in textiles, technology and green energy.

Akins says she will also look to provide safe opportunities for community members to get to know her between now and November.

Longtime mayor John Stromberg announced last month he won’t seek re-election.

NBC5 News reporter Mariah Mills is a Medford native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor's Degree in journalism. She also minored in sociology. In school, she covered Oregon athletics for the student-run television station, Duck TV. When she's not reporting, she’s reading, hiking and rooting for her favorite teams, the Seattle Seahawks and the Oregon Ducks.
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