A former Hood River County Commissioner has decided to seek another term in elected office -- this time as the head of the board.
On Tuesday, Rodger Schock filed his candidacy against incumbent chair John Arens. Both men reside in the east valley Precinct 8. They will face off in the May 21 Primary Election and the majority winner will have his name listed solo on the Nov. 5 General Election ballot for a two-year term.
Schock has previous service as a Commissioner from 1979 to 1986. Arens was elected Commission Chair in 1998 after serving as a Commissioner from 1992-96.
Lee Shissler, county elections supervisor, said the candidate filing deadline is 5 p.m. on March 12 and, to date, incumbent Commissioners Carol York and Chuck Thomsen are running unopposed for another four-year term in their respective Precinct 1 and 3 seats.
The mail ballots for both local and state races will be sent to voters on May 7 and must returned to the county courthouse by 8 p.m. on election day (post marks do not count). District 56 Rep. Patti Smith, R-Corbett, and Sen. Rick Metsger, D-Welches, of District 26, are both seeking re-election to their state posts.
Other local offices open to challenge in the November election include Hood River City Council positions currently held by Paul Thompson, Carrie Nelson and Linda Rouches. Mayor Paul Cummings' two-year position is also expiring.
In Cascade Locks, the two-year term of Mayor Roger Freeborn is open, along with City Council seats currently held by Gene Miller, John McLean and Sandra Kelley.