The filing deadline has passed for the 2018 primary election, and regardless of party, voters can expect a busy slate.
Not only are a double-digit number of people running for Oregon Governor and for Oregon Second Congressional District Representative, multiple candidates live in the Central Oregon area.
Seventeen people have filed to run for Oregon Governor. Ten Republicans are vying for the Republican nomination, including Bend residents Sam Carpenter and Knute Buehler. Carpenter has run twice unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, and Buehler is currently serving in the Oregon Legislature as 54th House District Representative.
Two Democrats hope to win their party's nomination over incumbent Kate Brown. One of those candidates, Ed Jones, lives in Redmond.
Joining the glut of gubernatorial hopefuls are four candidates seeking the Independent Party nomination. None of the candidates live in the Central Oregon area.
The race for Second Congressional District Representative features 11 candidates, with the majority of them vying for the Democratic Party nomination. Of the seven candidates, three live in the Central Oregon area. Tim White and Jennifer Neahring both live in Bend, and Jamie McLeod-Skinner calls Terrebonne home.
Two Republicans are running against longtime incumbent Greg Walden in hopes of advancing to the general election. One candidate, Paul J. Romero, is the lone Prineville resident running for a federal office.
The Independent Party, meanwhile, has only one candidate seeking its party nomination.
The list of candidates filing for Oregon House District 55 is not as lengthy. Incumbent Republican Mike McLane lives in Powell Butte and his challenger in the primary, Theresa Denham, lives in Bend. Running unopposed for the Democratic nomination is La Pine resident Karen Rippberger.
In addition to those offices, voters will be asked to help decide the outcome of three nonpartisan races. Three people have filed to be elected Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industry. One of those candidates, Val Hoyle, currently serves as a member of the Oregon Legislature.
Two other nonpartisan offices involve candidates closer to home, although none of the races are contested. Annette Hillman is seeking re-election as a 22nd Circuit Court Judge, and Daina Vitolins, who was appointed judge for the same district, is running for another term. Wade Whiting, who was appointed to Crook County District Attorney to fill the vacancy left by Vitolins' appointment, is also running for another term.
Locally, the slate of county positions is relatively light compared to recent years. Three positions are up for grabs in May, only one of which features more than one candidate. Incumbent Cheryl Seely is the lone filer for County Clerk and the race for Crook County Commissioner only includes incumbent Brian Barney. However, two have filed for County Assessor with incumbent Brian Huber going against Jon Soliz, who works as an appraiser at the assessor's office.
Crook County ballots will be mailed to voters on April 25. The primary election will be held on May 15.