Mayor of Bend resigns, citing stresses of pandemic

‘So many historic changes in such a short time. I am simply exhausted,’ Mayor Sally Russell wrote in an open letter.

SALEM, Ore. — The mayor of Bend, Oregon, a mountain town that has seen a population boom due to its recreational opportunities and scenery, called it quits on Monday, citing stresses from the pandemic, wildfires and homelessness.

“So many historic changes in such a short time. I am simply exhausted,” Mayor Sally Russell wrote in an open letter. “It is in my own — and my family’s — best interest to leave.”

Bend used to be a quiet mill town, but after the

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