Is your ballot still lying in a stack of mail unopened, or maybe on a table somewhere, just waiting for you to fill it out?
If so, we’d encourage you to set aside some time to vote. It’s important to cast a vote for those candidates you feel will best represent you. Or if you’re a Sutherlin resident, it’s crucial that you make a decision about the future of fire protection in Sutherlin.
Tuesday is Oregon’s primary, so you must deposit your ballot in one of the drop boxes across the county or at the Douglas County Courthouse by 8 p.m. that day. It’s too late to put your ballot in the mail.
We started thinking about this election months ago because we knew we’d want our readers to be informed about the candidates and measures that would be on the ballot.
Part of our preparation was hosting editorial board meetings with each of the local candidates. We were delighted to host all seven candidates for county commissioner, as well as candidates for assessor, surveyor and Oregon House of Representatives districts 2 and 7.
We appreciate their willingness to come by at the time of our choosing to speak with us. Based on our interviews during those meetings and additional background information, The News-Review Editorial Board members endorsed several candidates who we think would best represent Douglas County residents.
For those who would like to be reminded of our selections as you fill out last-minute ballots, we list here today the candidates we’ve endorsed.
Douglas County commissioner: Tim Freeman has the experience needed to fill this post.
Douglas County assessor: Roger Hartman believes in the government transparency and accessibility needed to assure taxpayers’ properties are fairly and accurately assessed based on real market values.
Douglas County surveyor: Either Kris DeGroot or Carl Sweeden would be a fine choice for this position.
Oregon House District 2, Republican: Dallas Heard is an energetic young candidate eager to represent Douglas County’s interests in the Legislature.
Oregon House District 2, Democrat: Kerry Atherton’s interest in boosting the local economy through increased timber harvests suits Douglas County well.
Oregon House District 7, Republican: Cedric Hayden Jr.’s perspective on critical issues facing Oregonians is refreshing and warrants a vote for this candidate despite his lack of experience in public office.
Sutherlin Measures 10-131 and 10-132: Yes votes on each measure will give Sutherlin residents top-notch fire protection from Douglas County Fire District No. 2.
We should note that we were unable to set up endorsement interviews with the Oregon candidates for U.S. Senate, Jason Conger and Monica Webhy, so we are not making an endorsement in that race. We will endeavor to speak with the winner as well as incumbent Sen. Jeff Merkley prior to the general election. We are curious to see who will win your vote in the primary.
We offer endorsements only because we tend to have more access to the candidates and in-depth information on the issues facing county residents. We don’t presume to tell you how to vote. We understand you may have different preferences and priorities. But do make your voice heard by dropping off your completed ballot.