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In Our Opinion - Voters have their work cut out for them

More than a dozen people will vie for county and state positions in primary, general elections


If the March 11 deadline for filing for elected office in Oregon is any indication, people are feeling compelled once again to serve as public officials. Either that or they’re are bored and looking for something to do.

Take for example the race for Position 1 on the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners. Former Newberg City Council member Brett Veatch is joined by Chris Heisler, Stan Primozich, David Russ, Bill Willis and Sal Peralta in vying for Kathy George’s spot in the May primary.March 19 editorial

Then there’s the battle for Position 3 on the commission, currently held by Mary Stern. Three people have filed for that spot, including another former Newberg City Council member, Marc Shelton, as well as Debra Bridges and Mary Starrett.

Our hope is that nine candidates vying for two spots on the commission signifies that people are beginning to understand once more the importance of service, and not because commissioners make a good living.

Either way, with so many candidates it’s unlikely clear winners will be crowned in the primary and the ultimate winner won’t be chosen until the general election in November.

Then there’s the race to replace Jack Crabtree as Yamhill County sheriff. Three candidates, all veterans of the sheriff’s office, will vie for the spot come May, including Tim Casey, Tim Svenson and Joe Shipley.

Things are a little simpler in the race for the state representatives and state senator that represent the Newberg area.

Those living in House District 24, which includes Dundee but not Newberg, will be spared choosing a candidate in the May primary as incumbent Jim Weidner, a Yamhill Republican, found no opponent in that race. He will, however, be forced to mount a campaign in the summer and fall against Democrat Ken Moore.

The race for Senate District 13 got interesting when incumbent Larry George announced in January he would not seek re-election. That prompted Republican Kim Thatcher to announce she would give up her position as state representative for House District 25 and join the race for the Senate. She will not face an opponent in the primary, but will have to campaign in the fall as current Newberg City Councilor Ryan Howard, a Democrat, has thrown his hat in the ring for the District 13 spot.

Thatcher leaving office in the House prompted Republicans Barbara Jensen and Bill Post to file for House District 25. They will face off in the primary, the winner advancing to the general election to face Independent Chuck Lee, who was defeated by Thatcher back in the early 2000s.

Got that? In the coming months the Graphic’s editorial board will meet with the candidates and produce endorsements in each race. That is if we can keep it all straight.

Wish us luck.



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