Local and state candidates for May 15 primary

The deadline for candidates to file for the May 15 primary ended at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 6.

According to an article in The Oregonian, Jason Atkinson, Republican 2nd District Senator from Central Point, has decided not to seek another term. Atkinson ran for governor in 2006. He was badly injured in 2008 in an unusual gunshot accident. That squelched his plans to run in 2010 for governor. He has been in the Oregon Legislature for 14 years. With re-districting, some of the Upper Rogue area would have had him as their senator.

According to local sources, his retirement came as a surprise and left little time for others to consider filing.

Republican Herman Baertschiger Jr., of Grants Pass had previously filed for the Atkinson’s seat. Deadline day, Mar. 6, Jim Diefenderfer, a Democrat, paid his filing fee. As of Mar. 7 it was unknown if he was qualified. He is from Cave Junction.

With C.W. Smith retiring at the end of his current term as Jackson County Commissioner, several are seeking his seat.

Democratic candidates are John Beatty, of Central Point and Mark E. Soderstrom of Phoenix.

Republican candidates include Doug Breidenthal, Medford; Kay Harrison, Central Point; Joel Ockunzzi, from White City and Colleen Roberts, from Prospect.

Candidates for District Attorney are Beth Heckert, of Central Point, David Hoppe and Rob Patridge, both of Medford.

There are two candidates for county surveyor. They are Kerry K. Bradshaw, of Central Point and Herb Farber, also of Central Point.

Josh Gibson, of Medford and Roy Wright, of Ashland filed for the County Assessor’s position.

State Senator 28th District Karl Scronce seeks the seat held by Sen. Doug Whitsett. Both are Republicans from Klamath Falls.

State Representative 55th District- Incumbent Mike McLane and D John Huggle.

Jackson county Circuit Court positions. Pos. 5- Incumbent Timorthy Gerking; Pos. 7- Incumbent Benjamin M. Bloom, and  David Orr; Pos. 9- Incumbent Ron Grensky. The circuit court positions are all non-partisan.

The Eagle Point/Upper Rogue Chamber of Commerce will hold a candidate’s fair on Monday, Apr, 30 at 7 p.m. at the Ashpole  Center. Ballots are scheduled to be  mailed on Friday, Apr. 27. 
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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