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Incumbents will face primary challengers

Five names will appear on the May primary ballot seeking two positions on the Wasco County Board of Commissioners.

According to Wasco County Clerk records, Nora Ferguson of rural The Dalles has filed to run against incumbent Scott Hege for Position No. 1. Chuck Langley and Bridget Bailey, both of The Dalles, have filed to run against incumbent Rod Runyon for Position No. 3. Both races are nonpartisan.

The county assessor’s office, now vacant as a result of the death of former assessor Tim Lynn, is the other position up for election this year. Two eligible candidates have filed for the post; however they will not appear on the May ballot.

Qualified county assessor candidates must be a registered appraiser or appraiser trainee and have two years accounting experience or two years employment in the appraiser’s office. They must be certified eligible by the Oregon Department of Revenue,

Instead, the race between the two candidates, Jill Amery and Darlene Lufkin, both of The Dalles, will be decided during the November general election. Under Oregon law, when the office is vacant and only two candidates file, the race does not appear in the primary.

State and national office are also contested.

State Rep. John Huffman (R-The Dalles) has a Republican challenger in the primary, Britt Storkson of The Dalles.

Incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Walden R, has one challenger from within his party, Dennis B. Linthicum of Beatty in Klamath County. Two Democrats will be vying in the primary for the chance to unseat Walden, Barney Spera of Ashland, Alea Alea Christofferson of Bend and C.F. (Frank) Vulliet Sunriver.

Elections Division records also show incumbent Democrat Sen. Jeff Merkley with challengers in both major parties. Democrat Pavel Goberman will challenge Merkley in the primary. Republicans Joe Rae Perkins of Albany, Mark Callahan of Salem, Monica Wehby of Portland, Timothy I. Crawley of Portland and Jason Conger of Bend are seeking the Republican nomination.

State Rep. Greg Smith (R-Heppner) who also covers Wasco County is running unopposed.

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