Candidates register for primary election
Last Tuesday was the last day for candidates to register for the May election, which will serve as a primary for many county and state races.
In Marion County, Commissioner Janet Carlson announced a few months ago she would not be seeking re-election, so Commissioner Position 2 has two Republican candidates and three Democrats, the latter of which includes Bill Burgess, who has been Marion County Clerk since 2005.
In the primary, Burgess will face Silverton City Councilor Matt Plummer, who is also safety and wellness coordinator for Marion County, and Sadie Carney, of Salem, who is a rural policy analyst and communications manager for the state's Department of Land Conservation and Development.
The winner will square off in the November election against either Salem City Councilor Brad Nanke or Stayton business lawyer Colm Willis, who are battling for the Republican ticket in the primary race. Willis ran unsuccessfully against Kurt Schrader for U.S. 5th District in 2016.
Unlike Carlson, Marion County Commissioner Kevin Cameron is seeking re-election, and will face Mark Pease, a registered nurse from Salem, in the May primary. The winner from that will face Democrat Shelaswau Crier, who is running unopposed in the primary. She is a public speaker with a juris doctorate from Yale Law School.
The local races for state Senate will once again feature Peter Courtney for District 11 (which encompasses Woodburn and Gervais), who will battle Joyce H Judy in the primary. Judy is a Salem budget committee member and the Northgate Neighborhood Association land use chair.
Only one Republican filed to run for Senate District 11, and that is Greg Warnock, of Salem, who has served with the U.S. National Guard.
Kim Thatcher's Senate District 13 seat is up for grabs between the Republican incumbent and either Paul Diller, a law professor from Wilsonville, or Sarah Grider, a veteran and educational assistant from Newberg, both of whom are running on the Democratic ticket.
In House District 22, incumbent Teresa Alonso Leon, of Woodburn, is running unopposed in the primary, as is her November election opponent, Republican Marty Heyen, of Salem. Heyen has served on the Salem Keizer School Board and Marion County Parks Commission.
Rep. Rick Lewis will be participating in his first election for House District 18, which he was appointed to last year when Vic Gilliam resigned. The Republican will run unopposed in the primary but will face either Doug Culver or Barry Shapiro, both of whom are also Silverton residents.
House District 25 Rep. Bill Post will head into the Republican primary unchallenged, but faces Democrat Dave McCall, also of Keizer, in the November election.
Kurt Schrader, of Canby, is once again running for U.S. House of Representatives 5th District. In the primary, he will face off against Peter Wright, a retired teacher from Lake Oswego. The winner will battle either Mark Callahan (who's active with the Clackamas County Republican Party), Joey Nations (a Salem analyst who works for the state) or Robert Reynolds (an Oregon City business development manager) for the seat in November.
Seventeen people have filed to run for the governorship: four independents, three Democrats (including incumbent Kate Brown) and 10 Republicans, two of whom are Gervais graduates: Bruce Cuff and Keenan W. Bohach.
Walt Beglau, longtime Marion County district attorney, is not seeking re-election, and Paige Clarkson from his office has thrown her hat into the ring. Laurie Steele, who has been county treasurer since 2002, is running unopposed for re-election, as is Jason Myers for the Marion County Sheriff position he has held since 2009. Janice Zyryanoff, who has served as municipal court judge in Woodburn, Hubbard, Mount Angel and more, is running unopposed for justice of the peace.
The primary election is May 15.