Patridge announces he will run for District Attorney

{gallery}/08_16_11/patridge{/gallery}     Flanked by a strong support group, Rob Patridge, a 1986 graduate of Eagle Point High School, officially announced his candidacy for Jackson County District Attorney on Aug. 9.

Patridge said his vision for the District Attorney’s office will be to focus on prevention rather than passively waiting for crime to occur.

Patridge’s believes his extensive background will work in favor of prevention and improved communication.  Making criminals accountable, protecting victims and having a  comprehensive program will be key to his job as district attorney.

Patridge had a strong track record with law enforcement to combat tough challenges when he was Deputy District Attorney. He worked with JACNET and the Jackson County Domestic Violence Task Force. He has prosecuted a wide array of cases.

 

He currently serves as General Counsel and District Director for U.S. Representative Greg Walden.

 

Patridge grew up on a cattle ranch on the outskirts of Eagle Point. He earned his Eagle Scout rank and served as Western Region Chief for the Order of the Arrow, earning the Distinguished Service Award. He continues to be active in the Boy Scout program as a scout leader.

After graduating from EPHS, he attended Willamette University, where he made the Dean’s List and earned both his bachelor’s of science degree and his law degree. He was elected to the Oregon Legislature three times, serving from 1999 to 2004. During his tenure as the State Representative from Medford, he was twice chosen to serve as House Majority Whip. He served on several committees including the Joint Ways & Means Committee.

Patridge served six years as General Counsel for Pacific Retirement Services, the parent company of Rogue Valley Manor. And, in the private sector, served as a business consultant, president of a privately-held real estate investment and development company, and as corporate counsel to Applied Laser Systems, a southern Oregon firm.

He has served on the Boards of the Chamber of Medford/Jackson County, Crater Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America and Medford Parks and Recreation Foundation.

Patridge and his wife, Mary, have been married 14 years and have two children, Maya and Owen.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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