Newport City Council candidates voter guide: Ernie Berget
Lived in Newport: 12 years
Occupation: Truck driver and mechanic
Civic experience: Former Planning Commission member; ran for mayor in 2008, finishing third
Why he’s running: “It didn’t look like there were any candidates — or enough candidates — to fill the hole of conservative people to fill the positions. Everybody seems to think there’s an open pocketbook there at city hall and they’re all willing to spend money on stupid things that don’t need to be spent on.”
Note: Berget did not respond to the voter guide questions provided to council candidates.