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Incumbent Linn County Commissioner John Lindsey, a Republican, faces competition to retain his Position 1 seat in November, with three other candidates — an Independent and two Democrats — filing the positions.

The candidates include Larry Johnson of Albany, who previously served two terms on the board.

Lindsey is a rural Lebanon resident who has served on the Board of Commissioners since January 1999.

Gary Sullivan of rural Sweet Home has filed as an Independent. Democrats are Johnson and Stephanie Newton, both of Albany.

A Navy veteran, Lindsey worked in the refrigeration trade before running for the Board of Commissioners in 1998. He graduated from Lebanon High School in 1984 and has taken classes at Linn-Benton Community College, Oregon State University and the University of Oregon.

He has served on the Lebanon Aquatic District budget committee, the Selective Service Board and is commander of the American Legion Post in Lebanon. He also chairs the Linn County Extension Service Board.

Sullivan is a carpenter and has both an Associate of Arts and Associate of General Studies degrees from Linn-Benton Community College. He completed a building inspection technology program at Chemeketa Community College. In 2016, he ran a write-in campaign and received about 15 votes, running against Roger Nyquist and Will Tucker.

Johnson served two terms on the Board of Commissioners, ending in 1999. In 2002 he filed for the Oregon House District 15 position. He has also worked in construction, the rare metals industry, and timber and farming. He attended Lebanon High School and graduated from Corvallis High School, then studied welding at LBCC.

Johnson served on the Sweet Home City Council in the mid-1980s and has also served on the Linn County Budget Committee, chaired the Linn County Board of Equalization, chaired the Linn County 911 agency, served on the Community Services Consortium and was on the governing board of the Linn County United Way.

Newton, a marketing consultant, graduated from Redlands East Valley High School in Redlands, California, and has a degree in psychology from the University of Utah. Newton serves on the Albany Human Relaltions Commission.

County clerk

Incumbent County Clerk Steve Druckenmiller has served the county for 31 years — since 1987 — and is seeking another four-year term. The 68-year-old has a bachelor’s degree in government and a jurisprudence degree from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. He previously served on the Board of Commissioners and the Linn County Housing Authority board of directors.

Druckenmiller says he still loves his job and is grateful to the citizens of Linn County.

Linn County Sheriff

Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon hopes to move into the sheriff’s position that will come open with the retirement of current Sheriff Bruce Riley.

Yon, a Sweet Home resident, has served with the sheriff’s office since 1993. He is a South Albany High School graduate and has a degree in law enforcement from Western Oregon University.

Yon has been undersheriff since 2014 and prior to that, was responsible for managing the support division for two years. That includes evidence management, records, 9-1-1 dispatch and information technology. He spent several years in the patrol and detectives divisions.

Linn County Circuit Court, 23rd District, Position 1

Incumbent Judge Fay Stetz-Waters, who was appointed by Gov. Kate Brown to fill the position created by the retirement of Judge Carol Bispham, has filed for election, as has Michael Wynhausen, Linn County Deputy District Attorney.

The position is nonpartisan.

Stetz-Waters served in the Marine Corps, was a 911 dispatcher, a legal aid attorney in Albany, an administrative law judge for the State Employment Department and a hearings officer on the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision.

She has a degree from Trinity College and earned her law degree at Lewis & Clark Law School. While in law school, she was a researcher for the National Crime Victims Institute and as a law clerk at the Oregon Department of Justice.

Wynhausen has been a prosecutor for more than 20 years in both Linn and Benton counties. He has a degree in philosophy from Santa Clara University and earned his law degree at the University of Oregon.

He serves on the Oregon District Attorney’s Legislative Committee and vice-president of the Linn-Benton Bar Association. He coaches the Oregon State Boxing Club, is an ABC House board member and is past president of the Albany Kiwanis Club.

Linn County Circuit Court, 23rd District, Position 3

Rachel Kittson-MaQatish is an attorney with the law firm of Morley Thomas Law in Lebanon and Sweet Home. She has degrees from LBCC, OSU and the Willamette University School of Law.

In addition to her daily job, Kittson-MaQatish is an active volunteer in both Lebanon and Sweet Home and has been honored as a First Citizen by both communities for her efforts. She was instrumental in rebuilding the Roy Johnson Park, is a member of Optimists International, the Linn County Mediation Arbitration Commission and the Linn-Benton Bar Association.

She has also been active with the Boys and Girls Clubs and chaired the Sweet Home Economic Development Group Inc.

Jennifer Hisey of Eugene is a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Service of Oregon, Albany Regional Office. Hisey has a Bachelor’s Degree in political science from Western Washington University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oregon.

She previously was a state attorney at Lane County Legal Aid Domestic Violence Clinic.

Teri Plagmann is in private practice in Albany.

Plagmann is a South Albany High School graduate and has a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Oregon State University and a doctoral degree in law from Lewis & Clark Law School.

Oregon House District 15

Shelly Boshart-Davis, 38, has filed for election for the Oregon House District 15 seat held currently by Andy Olson, who recently announced he would not seek an eighth term in office.

Boshart-Davis is vice-president of Boshart Truck and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from OSU. She is active with the Oregon Farm Bureau, the Agriculture Transportation Coalition, Oregon Women for Agriculture, the Linn County Budget Committee and the Government Affairs Committee of the Albany Chamber of Commerce.

She also enjoys coaching volleyball and helping with her daughters’ 4-H and FFA projects.

Jerred Taylor of Albany has filed for the District 15 seat as a Democrat.

Taylor is a supply chain manager at DianaFood and previously worked at Panasonic Eco Solutions Solar America and the Oregon State University Pride Center.

He studied biological engineering at Oregon State University. While at OSU he chaired the Associated Students of Oregon State University.

He previously served as a volunteer firefighter in Oakridge.

Oregon House District 11

Two Republicans and two Democrats have filed in House District 11.

Democrats are Kimberly Koops and Marshall Wilde, both of Eugene.

Koops is a law clerk with Local 503 of Service Employees International.

She was formerly a Wayne Morse Fellow for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and a legislative assistant with University of Oregon Government and Community Relations.

She has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor’s Degree in politics and government from Pacific University. She graduated from Neah-Kah-Nie High School.

Wilde is executive director of the Lane County Medical Society and is a colonel in the Oregon Air National Guard. He is a member of the Eugene Police Commission and the Lane County Audit Committee.

Wilde has a Master’s Degree in health law from the University of Houston Law Center, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oregon, and a Bachelor’s Degree in astronomy from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Herbert is a management consultant with Mark F. Herbert & Associates.

He has a Bachelor’s Degree in management from Arizona State University and studied industrial relations at the University of Oregon.

He has experience on the Lane County Planning Commission and the Lane Metro Partnership.

Powell is employed in the freight transportation field.

He studied Western Civilization at Gutenberg College.

Oregon House, District 17

Republican Sherrie Sprenger of Scio will seek another term representing House District 17.

She has a Bachelor’s Degree in management and communications from Corban University.

During the 2017 legislative session, Sprenger served as vice-chair of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and as a member of House Education Committee and House Judiciary Committee.

Sprenger has served as a member of the House since 2008. Prior to serving in the Legislature, she was a member of the Lebanon Community School Board.

Senate District 6

Lee Beyer, D-Springfield, will seek another term in office.

Beyer has a degree in management from the University of Oregon.

In 1978, he was appointed to the Springfield City Planning Commission and was elected to the City Council in 1986. In 1991, he began serving as a state representative and in 1998, was elected as a state senator.

In 2001, former Gov. John Kitzhaber appointed Beyer to the Oregon Public Utility Commission and he returned to the legislature in 2011.

He has served on or chaired numerous commissions and task forces, including the Oregon Global Warming Commission, the Oregon Energy Planning Commission and the Juvenile Crime Prevention Commission.

Republicans who have filed for the office are Christine Ruck of Lebanon and Robert Schwartz of Springfield.

Ruck has an Associate’s Degree in computer user support from Linn-Benton Community College and studied business management from the University of Phoenix and electromechanical engineering technology at Michigan Technological University.

She served on the Linn County Budget Committee for five years and the pre-911 Lebanon Airport Layout Plan; the Lebanon Master Transportation advisory committee and the Linn County Citizen Review Board.

She is retired but had a career as a quality assurance manager and project engineer.

Schwartz is a dance teacher and attended Lane Technical School in Chicago. He has prior experience in building management and sales.

He has no prior government experience, but ran for the House District 12 seat in 2016.

 Oregon Senate, District 8

Incumbent Sara Gelser, a Democrat from Corvallis will seek her fifth term in the Senate.

She previously served in the Oregon House and was a family support coordinator with the Oregon Department of Human Services.

Gelser has a Bachelor’s Degree in history/education from Earlham College and a Master’s Degree in history/women’s studies from Oregon State University.

Republican Erik Parks of Albany has also filed for the District 8 seat.

He is an electrician and served in the U.S. Navy from 2006 to 2006.

He is a graduate of Hood River Valley High School.

Contact Linn County reporter Alex Paul at 541-812-6114.



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