Editorial: Be Super safe, filing time

February 4, 2012

Be Super Safe

Keep the penalties on the football

field this Super Bowl weekend

Driving under the influence of intoxicants is, unfortunately, a continual problem made worse on big event weekends such the Super Bowl, which takes place Sunday.

Saturday through Monday, Hood River County Sheriff's deputies will be doing increased patrols to keep the roads as safe as possible at a time when a drunk driver is likely headed your direction.

"This is definitely a weekend when alcohol consumption is up, so we're going to get out there with extra patrols to make sure people have a good time but are being safe," said Matt English, detective with the Sheriff's Department. "We want to be sure people are driving safe and everyone is protected," he said. The extra patrols are funded by a grant from Oregon State Sheriff's Association.

The deputies "will definitely will be targeting DUIIs," English said.

Filing time

March 6 is final day to sign up

for primary election candidacy

While this is still early February, the May 15 Primary Election no longer seems like such a long way off.

The political doors are open in Hood River County for a variety of positions on the May 15 ballot. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who has ever considered running for local office.

The rancor of national and in-state political races has the effect of making the big election this spring seem all that much closer.

Here's hoping that the rest of the political seasons, both the May primary and November general and everything in between, exude little of the harsh negativity we witnessed in the South Carolina and Florida Republican contests.

In tossing one's hat into the ring, it's one thing to expect a little dust, but not so much the mud.

Here are the critical dates for the upcoming election, followed by the list of local, state and federal offices:

March 6 - last day to file for office.

March 8 - last day to file state voters' pamphlet statements.

March 15 - the deadline to file a ballot measure.

April 24 - the deadline to register to vote.

Sheriff: Must be registered to vote in the county and meet qualifications prescribed by law.

(As of press time, there are two candidates who have filed in Hood River County: Matt English and Gerry Tiffany. Incumbent Joe Wampler has announced he does not plan to see re-election.)

County Commissioner: Position 2 (incumbent Maui Meyer of Hood River) and Position 4 (Les Perkins of Mt. Hood); both are four-year terms. Candidates must be registered to vote, live in the pertinent district, and have lived in the county for at least one year prior to filing.

Also on the ballot, Commissioner Chair, member at large, two-year term (incumbent Ron Rivers).

At press time, of the three, only Rivers has filed.

Fee to file for sheriff and commission positions: $25 filing fee or minimum 10 eligible voter signatures.

Precinct Committee members: two-year terms, registered by party affiliation, live in district (no filing fee)

State and federal offices are open: Oregon House of Representatives, District 52 (incumbent Mark Johnson); U.S. President (incumbent Barack Obama); Second District U.S. House of Representatives (incumbent Greg Walden); Secretary of State (incumbent Kate Brown); State Treasurer (incumbent Ted Wheeler); Attorney General (incumbent John Kroger).

City Council Positions for Hood River and Cascade Locks will wait until the November ballot.

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