Many local names to be on May primary election ballot
Last week was the filing deadline for the 2014 primary elections, with the local area having ties to both county and state offices.
Marion County Commissioner Patti Milne wont run again for her seat, but has filed to run for Senate District 11 on the Republican ticket. While that position is currently held by Sen. Peter Courtney (D-Salem), who has no Democratic opponent in the primary, Milne will have to battle it out in the primary this May against Salem businessman Tom Chereck, Jr., to see who will go up against Courtney in the November election.
As for Milnes Marion County Commission seat, Kevin Cameron (R-Salem), who is currently state representative for District 19, is seeking that seat as is Salem city councilor and Democrat Diana Dickey, who also works at the Marion County Health Department location in Woodburn. They both filed in fall 2013.
Marion County Commissioner Janet Carlson (R-Salem) is also up for re-election, and is being challenged by two people with Woodburn ties: Republican Kim Brady, an Army veteran from Salem, used to work in human resources and production at the Smuckers location in Woodburn, and Colin Brown, the Democratic candidate, is a resident of Woodburn.
Other county positions on the May 20 ballot include county sheriff, for which incumbent Jason Myers is running uncontested, and county treasurer, which is sought by incumbent Laurie Steele, of Stayton, and newcomer Isaac Kindel, of Salem.
For House District 22, two Woodburn residents, longtime incumbent Betty Komp, and challenger Matt Geiger, will face off in November, representing the Democrat and Republican parties, respectively.
A Hubbard electrician and North Marion graduate, David Darnell, who is also chair of the Marion County Republican Central Committee, is challenging House District 18 Rep. Vic Gilliam (R-Silverton) in the primary. Aurora resident and painter Scott Mills filed for the Democratic nomination.
House District 25, which covers St. Paul, is represented by Rep. Kim Thatcher (R-Keizer), who is running for the Oregon Senate. Her vacancy allows for two Republicans, Bill Post and Barbara Jensen, to compete for the nomination in the primary. No Democrat has filed.
For the U.S. House District 5, Rep. Kurt Schrader will run for his third term in office in the primary against Salem resident Anita Brown. Clackamas County Commissioner Tootie Smith and Ben Pollock, of Wilsonville, are vying for the Republican nomination.
Lastly, for the most notable position in the state, the governorship, Gervais High School has an alumnus competing for the Republican nomination. Bruce Cuff, a real estate agent in Lyons, graduated from Gervais Union High School in 1979, and is one of six seeking the Republican nomination. Incumbent John Kitzhaber will be facing off with Salems Ifeanyichukwu C. Diru.
Local voters will also see bond issue 24-358 for Woodburn School District and local option levy 24-366 for North Marion School District. Woodburn is planning to increase safety, make repairs and renovations and increase capacity with a $65 million bond over 20 years. North Marion, which saw its levy fail in the November election, is trying again with a four-year local option that would provide supplemental operating funds directed toward hiring back staff, maintenance, technology and safety by imposing $.74 per $1,000 assessed value.