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Starrett joins crowded race for commissioner

County government — Former Portland TV personality is the fourth candidate to file for two spots on the county Board of Commissioners


With three candidates already filed for Yamhill County Commissioner, a fourth has joined Sal Peralta, Debra Bridges and Stan Primozich in the race.

Mary Starrett filed for Position 3, currently held by Mary Stern. Starrett will run against Bridges. Peralta and Primozich are running for Position 1, currently held by Kathy George.

The deadline to file is March 11.

Starrett ran for county commissioner in 2010 against Stern, and in 2006 ran for governor on the Constitution Party ticket.

She said her reasons for running again remain the same.

“It’s important to have a certain type of representative for the county,” Starrett said.Mary Starrett

Although Starrett has not worked for a government entity in the past, she said her experience in the private sector as a television and radio broadcaster and as a host of a political talk show, give her the skills to get in touch with the community and meet their needs.

“Running for office I’ve gleaned a lot of what taxpayers are interested in,” she said. “I think what’s really important to me is livability of the county. I’ve lived in Multnomah and in Clackamas County and have lived in Yamhill for the past 20 or so years. I don’t want to become Multnomah County.”

She said she wants the government to “get out of the way,” to allow for private sector growth and make a climate conducive for economic progress.

Starrett said a lot of the issues are the same as the last time she ran, just at different stages.

“With the landfill, the bypass, they are different phases of the same issue, so what are we going to do with the cards we’ve been dealt?” she said.

Starrett is also concerned with “Obamacare,” and what the mandate means for Yamhill County.

“I think people are going to see extra expenses,” she said.

In general, she said her political philosophy is centered on personal liability and economic opportunity.




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