Election 2014 — Veatch, Heisler, Shelton join race, nine candidates total for two positions

As the filing date for the May election loomed last week, three more candidates filed for the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners.

Position 1

Brett Veatch and Chris Heisler joined four other candidates in the race for Position 1 on the commission.

“I’ve been in Yamhill County a long time,” Veatch said. “I grew up here raising my family here so what’s happening in our county matters quite a bit. I wanted to have more of a say as to what was going on inside our county.”

Veatch comes from a real estate background and has 25 years with a brokerage real estate firm.

“Obviously that’s helping me prepare for budgeting and making sure the citizens get the most out of their tax dollars,” he said.

He has served on the Newberg City Council, the Citizen Rate Review Committee and the Newberg Urban Area Management Commission.Candidates for Yamhill County Board of Commissioners

“I look at transportation as the backbone of the community,” he said. “I think the issue will define our county in the next 20 years. I’m open to other transportation options to service our citizens and bring out tourists.”

He said, as a supporter of the Newberg-Dundee bypass, he thinks economic development is key to a healthy community and wants to work toward promoting small businesses.

Heisler said he’s running for county commissioner because he was asked to as he’s been the Lafayette mayor for the past five and a half years. He’s also been in the business community for the past 25 years.

“Basically I’ve worked with the professional community and had a lot of negotiating skills working with all different types of clients and client bases,” Heisler said.

He said he’ll bring a style of management which focuses on community involvement.

“I don’t have anything specifically (I’m looking to accomplish) other than to continue to bring a fiscally conservative government along with a limited accountable government on the county level,” he said. “It’s pretty broad based but there’s some key issues obviously facing the county, I just think we need to approach those from an accountable standpoint.”

He added he thinks he is unique as a candidate because as mayor he’s completed the promises he made during his campaign, something he said you don’t often see.

Position 3

Marc Shelton is running for Position 3 alongside Debra Bridges and Mary Starrett for Mary Stern’s slot.

Shelton served on the Newberg City Council from 2007 to 2012 and the Yamhill County Commission on Children and Families.

“Yamhill County is a great place to work, play and to live out the days that one is given — it is a special part of Oregon,” Shelton said. “(My) 20-year experience has provided time for reflecting on the importance of having access to and actively participating in a loving and caring community — and the importance of giving back in service to others.

Shelton is a professor of education at George Fox University and said with his career settled in education, he wanted to find another way to serve others.

“I don’t know all of the needs, and definitely don’t have all of the solutions, that are ahead for us in Yamhill County. But, I do commit to work hard, in cooperation with others, to find ways to improve our communities’ health though a balance of agricultural, manufacturing and tourism,” he said. “These are important elements for maintaining our quality of life and improving the livability for all in a growing county.”

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