Margaret Magruder, of Clatskanie, announces intention to fill seat after Commissioner Earl Fisher steps down

COURTESY PHOTO - Margaret Magruder announced her plans to run for Position 1 on the Columbia County Board of Commissioners in 2016.

Margaret Magruder of Clatskanie announced her bid for Position 1 on the Columbia County Board of Commissioners in the May 2016 election.

Magruder stated Thursday, Sept. 10, in a press release that she will seek the position currently filled by Earl Fisher.

Fisher confirmed Thursday that he will not run for another term on the board.

Magruder is a Clatskanie-area farmer and business owner. She's also a self-described Columbia County native who graduated from Clatskanie High School before going on to Willamette University and earning a masters degree from Syracuse University.

Magruder touted her experience in local and state government in her candidacy announcement.

She served on Columbia County's budget committee for nearly 20 years and the Oregon Board of Agriculture for eight years, chairing the board for one year. She's also vice chairwoman of the Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership, which she has served on for more than 15 years, according to the release. Magruder has also volunteered with the Columbia County Democratic Central Committee and the Clatskanie-Quincy Citizens Planning Advisory Committee.

"My experience in government and civic affairs, my knowledge of natural resources and county geography, give me an in-depth understanding of the issues facing Columbia County," Magruder stated. "I think I can help in bringing balance to the environmental, economic, and cultural concerns of county residents. I look forward to working even more closely with my fellow citizens to promote the prosperity of the county we call home, while protecting its livability."

Magruder is the first candidate to file with the county for a seat on the Board of Commissioners in the 2016 race.