New and familiar candidates file for county positions for May 2018 primary election

Several candidates have filed for Marion County positions that will be up for a vote in the May 2018 primary election.

Two candidates have filed for the Republican Party's primary for Marion County Commission seats. That includes Kevin Cameron, who will be seeking re-election for Position 1 on the commission.

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And former State Representative and Marion County Commissioner Denyc Boles announced her candidacy for the commission in the Republican primary.

Boles was briefly a member of the Oregon House of Representatives from 2014 to 2015 after working as chief of staff for Cameron, who is a former state representative.

Cameron resigned from the Oregon House of Representatives in June 2014 and was appointed as a member of the Marion County Commission and Boles was unanimously selected by the Commission to succeed Cameron and represent District 19.

Boles served out her interim term in the House, but declined to run for election to the seat in the 2014 election, instead supporting Republican Jodi Hack, who went on to win the position.

Boles has filed to run for County Commissioner Position 2. That position is currently held by Republican Janet Carlson, who has served on the board since 2002.

"Marion County is my home; it's where I have grown up and where I have raised my kids," said Boles in a press release. "I have experienced the opportunity, joy and challenges of living here, and I want to help make it a place where others can grow and thrive."

Boles currently serves as a member of the Marion County Budget Committee, Salem Sobering Center Task Force and Salem Chamber Government Affairs Committee. In a press release, Boles expressed a priority for public safety and addressing the need for better psychiatric care.

"We live in a part of the world that offers so much, but too many are falling between the cracks," said Boles. "The county is in a unique position to lead and build the partnerships needed to address these difficult and complicated issues."

No Democratic Party or Independent Party candidates have filed for the positions, according to the Marion County Clerk's website.

In non-partisan offices, Laurie Steele has filed for re-election as the county's treasurer, and Jason Myers has filed for re-election for the county's sheriffs. No other candidates have filed for those positions.

And Paige Clarkson has filed her candidacy for the county's District Attorney position.

Walt Beglau, Marion County's current district attorney, decided not to seek re-election. Beglau has been in office for 13 years.

Clarkson has worked for 20 years as a deputy district attorney in the county's DA office.

"When Walt Beglau made the decision that he would not seek re-election in the spring, it provided a great opportunity for me to continue in a career that I love in a way that fully utilizes the skills, values and relationships I've built as a deputy district attorney in our office," Clarkson said in a press release. "It would be a privilege to serve our community in this way."

Clarkson graduated from Willamette University College of Law in 1999 and has been a member of the Oregon State Bar since that time. She has served on the Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board, the Oregon District Attorney's Association Legislative Council and numerous statewide workgroups to improve law enforcement policy, according to the press release. She is a supporter of Liberty House, the Union Gospel Mission and the Salem Leadership Foundation.

Clarkson has led one of the four adult prosecution teams for over 11 years as a senior deputy district attorney and trial team leader.

Her candidacy is endorsed by Beglau. "Paige Clarkson has proven leadership skills spanning nearly 20 years of solid prosecutorial experience," Beglau said in a press release. "Our community will be rewarded by her integrity and commitment."

No other candidates have filed for candidacy for the DA position, according to the Oregon Secretary of State's elections website.

The filing deadline for the May 2018 election is March 15, 2018.

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