Two contestants are facing off to become the next mayor of Cove. Incumbent Lyndon Rose is running for reelection as a write-in candidate. He will be challenged by another write-in candidate, Delbert “Del” Little. If re-elected, Rose said he would like to continue work on renegotiating a contract to sell power from Cove’s hydroelectric plant. Little worked as an engineer for the City of La Grande for many years and also worked in the planning department for La Grande, and spent six years on the Island City City Council. Little has also worked for the U.S. Forest Service, the State of Oregon’s Economic Development Department and also served in the U.S. Navy.