The Marion County Democratic Central Committee has chosen a Woodburn resident to replace Colin Brown as its nominee to challenge incumbent Marion County Commissioner Janet Carlson, a Republican, who is seeking re-election in November.
Brown, also a Woodburn resident, ran unopposed in the May 20 primary for the opportunity to challenge Carlson and collected nearly 11,000 votes.
However, he was forced to resign his nomination in June due to unspecified employment conflicts.
The Marion County Democrats met July 9 to discuss a replacement nominee and Carla Mikkelson was announced as their choice.
Mikkelson was born and raised in Woodburn, and still lives on her familys 185-acre farm west of town. She said Brown asked her to seek the partys nomination in his stead.
He felt it was important to have somebody run from this region of the county, she said.
Her professional career was primarily in the field of public-interest law, where she worked as an office manager and administrator for 28 years.
This is her first time running for an elected position, but she has served several terms on the Marion County Planning Commission, where she is currently vice chairwoman, and is on the boards of the land-use groups Friends of French Prairie and Friends of Marion County.
She said land use would be one of her top concerns, if elected.
I think, sometimes, the county gets too focused on urbanizing, she said. We have incorporated areas who are supposed to manage that. The countys job is to provide services to the county.