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Is running on a platform of God, Constitution, jobs, neighbors and criminals



CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Pete Sharp wants the county to focus on principles of constitution.

The slate of those running for Crook County Commissioner is filling up and a native to the community has joined the growing list of candidates.

Pete Sharp, who was born and raised in Crook County, filed to run for the office in November, the fourth individual to seek the position currently held by Ken Fahlgren.

Graduating from Crook County High School in 1961, Sharp spent the first eight years of his life on a Paulina ranch before spending his high school years in Prineville. After graduating, he joined the U.S. Air Force, serving four years.

In the years since returning to Crook County, Sharp has held numerous jobs that leads him to describe himself as a jack of all trades. He has worked as a rancher, as a logger doing Forest Service contract, and he drove truck for 17 years.

“I was asked if I would consider running for commissioner,” he said of his candidacy. “The very first thing you should ask is what can I bring to the table if I am going to run for commissioner?”

He said it came down to offering the voters new blood with old ideas. Having joined the Central Oregon Patriots, Sharp believes government has strayed too far from the Constitution, and he hopes to govern in such a way that steers the county back toward its principles.

Sharp said he is running on a platform of God, Constitution, jobs, neighbors and criminals. A member of Calvary Baptist Church, he said his belief in God would dictate his actions as a county official.

“I have to be honest and upfront, no if ands or buts about it,” he said. “I can’t hide stuff from the public, and I can’t give part truths.”

When it comes to jobs, Sharp wants to first decrease the fees associated with creating new business in Crook County.

“We can get more done for less cost,” he stated. “We need to have jobs here where our kids grow up and want to stay and work at a good-paying job that you can build a career around.”

Sharp went on to stress that he supports a system of neighbors helping neighbors, not reliance on government handouts that drain tax revenue. He would prefer to see local churches step up and help people in need instead.

Finally, the new candidate intends to keep criminals off of the streets due to jail overcrowding.

“We have got to have a way to lock the criminals up,” he said.

This will not be the first time Sharp seeks county office. He ran for county judge back in the 1980s, he recalls, but in hindsight believes he wasn’t ready for the job at the time.

“I didn’t run because I wanted the office,” he recalls. “I ran because I figured that if I wasn’t willing to do the job, then I shouldn’t complain about the job that is being done. This time I’m running because I want the job, and I’m doing it because I think I can be an asset to the county.”

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