Election filing season starts; many openings on May ballot

The filing season is up and running, even if the candidates aren’t quite all doing so yet.

This will be a big election year in America, and it involves a great many candidates not named Clinton or Trump.

While the whole country settles into the long 2016 election cycle with the heavy focus on all that’s happening in the national GOP and Democratic races, voters are reminded that much will be happening here in Oregon and in Hood River County – including the potential to create a majority of newcomers on the county Board of Commissioners, a seat in the Oregon House, and possibility of a change in the law enforcement and prosecution guard, with both the Sheriff and District Attorney jobs up for grabs.


Sheriff Matt English

Sheriff Matt English got things going last week, the first candidate to file for public office in Hood River County. English won election to his first term in 2012 and has filed for re-election to another four-year term.

That first test, and a whole lot else, happens in the Oregon Primary Election on May 17.

And now, under new Oregon law, anyone who registers a vehicle at Department of Motor Vehicles will be automatically registered (unless they want to opt out), as reported in our Jan. 2 edition. As many as 1,500 new voters could be on the county rolls by year’s end.

The local ballot will also feature openings, if not races, including the State House seat held by Rep. Mark Johnson, a Hood River Republican, who saw a challenge in 2014 running for his second term. House seats are up for vote every two years. (State Sen. Chuck Thomsen’s seat will be up for vote in 2018.)

Two local judicial seats, held by John Wolf and Janet Stauffer, will also be on the ballot, along with the Hood River County District Attorney position, held by John Sewell, and three of the five Hood River County Board of Commissioners posts. Maui Meyer, Position 2, announced last week he will not seek a fourth term. Chair Ron Rivers and Position 4 incumbent Les Perkins (who has seniority on the commission, with 15 years in office) also face the choice of running again.

Election 2016 Basics

Deadline to file is March 8.

County Elections are located at Sixth and State streets, County Administration building.

Phone: 541-386-1442

Elections information, including registering to vote online at


At press time, no other candidates, challengers or incumbents had yet enlisted for the May 17 primary.

Below is a list of all the elective offices that will be on the May 17 ballot.

Interested in running? The deadline is March 8.

Contact Hood River County Elections for details at 541-386-1442.

The filing fee for County Board positions is $50. Go the Oregon Secretary of State website, under Elections, and download the SEL 101 form.


United States President — Barack Obama (Dem), incumbent

US Senator —Ron Wyden (Dem)

U.S. Congress District 2—Greg Walden (Rep)


Governor*—Kate Brown (Dem), unexpired term

Secretary of State — Jeanne Atkins (Dem), unexpired term

State Treasurer —Ted Wheeler (Dem)

Attorney General — Ellen Rosenblum (Dem)

State Representative, Dist. 42 — Mark Johnson (Rep)

Judge of the Supreme Court

Position 4 — Rives Kistler

Position 5 — Jack Landau

Position 6 —James Egan, unexpired term

Judge of the Court of Appeals

Position 2 — Rebecca Duncan

Position 3 — Darleen Ortega

Position 5 — Scott Shorr, unexpired term

Position 7 —Meagan Aileen Flynn

Position 8 — Roger James De Hoog, unexpired term

Judge of the Circuit Court, 7th District

Position 2 — Janet Stauffer

Position 4 — John Wolf

Justice of the Peace — Cynthia Mitchell

District Attorney — John Sewell


Sheriff — Matt English

County Commissioner

Chair — Ron Rvers

Position 2 — Maui Meyer

Position 4 Les Perkins

Precinct Committee People —numerous

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