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There are many weeks before the deadline for the primary election in May, but many have already filed

The candidates for multiple May 2018 primary races have already started lining up as the New Year begins.

In Marion County, Commissioners Janet Carlson and Kevin Cameron are up for re-election this year.

So far, on the Democrat side, Sean Nikas, a real estate broker from Salem, and Matthew Plummer, a Silverton city councilor, have signed up for position 1 and position 2, respectively.

On the Republican side, incumbent Kevin Cameron is running for position 1 and Salem City Councilor Brad Nanke is running for position 2. Denyc Boles, a former state representive who had previously signed up, has since withdrawn the petition to run for position 2, as she is now running for state representative of House District 19.

It is unclear if Carlson plans to run for re-election.

In the state representative races, all three incumbents who serve northern Marion County have filed for re-election: Teresa Alonso Leon in House District 22, which covers Woodburn, Gervais and North Salem; Rick Lewis in HD 18, which encompasses Mount Angel, Hubbard, Aurora and Donald; and Bill Post in HD 25, which encompasses St. Paul. None of them have any challengers yet.

In the State Senate 11th District race, no one has stepped up to challenge longtime incumbent Peter Courtney, who has filed for re-election. Courtney, who lives in Salem and has served as Senate President for the past several years, has held the Senate position since 1999.

The State Senate 13th District, which encompasses St. Paul, also has only the incumbent registered so far: Kim Thatcher, of Keizer.

No one has filed for Senate District 9, which is currently served by Fred Girod, of Stayton, and encompasses Mount Angel, Hubbard, Aurora and Donald.

For the U.S. House of Representatives 5th District seat, currently filled by Kurt Schrader, Republicans Mark Callahan and Robert L. Reynolds have filed so far. No Democrat, including Schrader, has filed yet. Callahan, an Oregon City resident, has been active in the Clackamas County Republic Party and is also a board member of Oregonians For Immigration Reform. Reynolds, also of Oregon City, ran for Clackamas County clerk in the past.

In the governor race, Gov. Kate Brown is still unopposed on the Democrat side, yet on the Republican side, Gervais High School alumni Keenan W Bohach and Bruce Cuff are joined by Rep. Knute Buehler, Sam Carpenter, Jonathan Edwards and Jack Tacy.

The deadline to file for the May 15, 2018 election is March 6, 2018.

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