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Three county incumbents have already filed for re-election; many offices up for grabs from local to federal

Though the 2020 primary election is eight months away, filing has already opened for a variety of positions from the local to the federal level.

Thursday, Sept. 12, was the first day candidates could file and several of them didn't hesitate to act quickly. At the local level, Crook County Judge Seth Crawford filed for re-election less than a week after filing opened, as did County Sheriff John Gautney and County Commissioner Jerry Brummer. The county surveyor position, held by Greg Kelso, is open as well, but no candidates have yet filed.

"Being able to serve the people of Crook County, and having the opportunity to work with Commissioner Jerry Brummer and Commissioner Brian Barney has been a true pleasure," Crawford said. "I'm very proud of the work that we've accomplished over the last three years."

Brummer felt he needed another term to complete some of the projects he has been working on during his current term.

The second access out of Juniper Canyon is still my top priority," he said. "It's been a slow process, but I feel we are getting some traction and moving forward with grants for the design and costs for this project."

Gautney likewise says there is a lot that he wants to help accomplish as sheriff, spurring his decision to run for another term.

"The jail is completed and inmates are in it, but there is still lots to be done," he said. "Now, we are going to be working down the waiting list that we had for people waiting to do jail time. We are also planning the implementation of programs in the jail that will help reduce recidivism."

Of the county positions up for election, all but one of them will appear on the primary ballot. The sheriff position is decided in the general election. If one or two candidates file for the county judge, commissioner or surveyor positions, the winner can be elected during the primary. If three or more candidates are running, the top two from the primary will run during the general election, unless one of the candidates earns more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary. If they do, then that candidate will win the position and not have to face a challenger in the general election in November.

Three Prineville City Council positions and the Prineville Mayor position will be decided in 2020, although they are not elected in the primary, so filing will not be open for the city positions until August.

At the state level, the House District 55 Representative position is open as is the office of Senate District 28. Republican Vikki Breese-Iverson, who was appointed to the House District position last month, has filed for election, but no candidates have filed for the Senate seat, which is currently held by Republican Dennis Linthicum.

A Circuit Court Judge position for Oregon's 22nd Judicial District is up for election as well. It is currently held by Mike McLane, who was appointed to the position in July. No candidates have yet filed for the office.

Oregon's Secretary of State, Attorney General and Treasurer positions are up for election as well. Democrats Mark Hass, Jamie McLeod-Skinner and Ryan Wruck have filed for the Secretary of State seat, but Republican incumbent Bev Clarno has yet to file. Democratic incumbent Ellen Rosenblum is the lone candidate thus far for Attorney General. No candidates have yet filed for Treasurer.

Two of Crook County's congressional seats are up for election in 2020. The U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Jeff Merkley is open and so far one candidate, Republican Paul Romero, has filed. Meanwhile, two Democrats — John Holm, Raz Mason — have filed for the Second Congressional District Representative position currently held by Republican Greg Walden.

And, of course, the President of the United States will be elected in 2020.

The filing deadline for the 2020 election is March 10. The primary election will be held on May 19 and the general election will follow on Nov. 3.


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