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Longest serving county commissioner in Oregon history has one opponent in District 3 in May 19 primary.

COURTESY WASHINGTON COUNTY - Roy Rogers of Bull Mountain seeks a record 10th term as a Washington County commissioner from District 3, which covers the southeast corner of the county.Roy Rogers says Washington County has major projects to complete, and needs his experience to help complete them, as he seeks a record 10th term as a county commissioner.

Just two years ago, Rogers was part of a five-member board with a collective 92 years of experience. But three new commissioners were elected in 2018 — including the board chair — and Commissioner Dick Schouten of Beaverton is vacating his seat after 20 years in a bid for the Oregon Senate.

"With Dick retiring, we have no experience left on the board," Rogers said in a brief interview. "I think it's important that we have some experience on the board."

Rogers, now 72, was first elected to the board in 1984 from District 3, which covers Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood and King City in the county's southeast corner. He was mayor of Tualatin from 1979 to 1984, but now lives on Bull Mountain outside the city. He is a certified public accountant.

Ben Marcotte of Garden Home, a software engineer, is the only other candidate to file so far for the nonpartisan position in the May 19 primary. He has focused his criticism on Rogers' absence from many community meetings and Rogers' long tenure in office.

Rogers won his ninth term in May 2016 with 69% of the vote; Glendora Claybrooks of Tualatin won 31%. He has surpassed Doug Robertson of Roseburg, who resigned in 2014 after 33 years, as Oregon's longest serving county commissioner.

Rogers is Washington County's representative on the Portland regional commission that advises the Oregon Department of Transportation, and has chaired the commission. He also is on Metro's Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation, which helps shape regional policy and priorities.

He also is on the steering committee for the Southwest Corridor, the proposed extension of light rail from Portland into Tigard and Tualatin.

He also is Washington County's representative on the board of Worksystems Inc., the agency that oversees job training efforts for Washington and Multnomah counties and the city of Portland.

Washington County commissioners also double as the governing board of Clean Water Services, an agency separate from county government that oversees wastewater and stormwater treatment in urban Washington County. Clean Water Services has advocated increasing the capacity of Hagg Lake — either by reinforcing the existing Scoggins Dam or relocating a dam downstream — to supply more water for the Tualatin River basin.

Either alternative would increase storage, but a new dam would create a larger reservoir that also could be tapped for municipal and irrigation needs. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which owns Scoggins Dam, is expected soon to announce its preferred alternative. (The county runs Scoggins Valley Park under an agreement with the bureau.)

"We need to do something with our water supply," Rogers said.

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