Marijuana store owner James Hoyt this week became the fifth candidate to file in the race for Douglas County commissioner.

This time there’s no incumbent in the race. The contest is for the seat vacated by Gary Leif. Leif was recently appointed state representative for House District 2. Candidates have until Aug. 28 to file to run in the Nov. 6 election.

This isn’t Hoyt’s first run for a commissioner seat.

Hoyt came in third place, with 7.2 percent of the vote, when he ran against incumbent Chris Boice in May. Boice won the May race and Jeremy Salter, a Marine veteran who is also running again in November, took second place with 25 percent of the vote.

Other contenders for Leif’s former seat include veterans Alek Skarlatos and Dan Loomis, as well as Waldron’s Outdoor Sports owner Tom Kress.

Hoyt is the owner of the Roseburg recreational marijuana store the 420 Club. According to his filing form, he has also been a contractor and a reserve police officer. During the runup to the May election, he was a no-show at both the League of Women Voters candidate debate and The News-Review Editorial Board candidate interview. His filing form states he does not expect to receive contributions over the $750 threshold to make forming a committee mandatory, as did his filing form for the May election.

Hoyt could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4213 or by email at Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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st paddy

if elected, free weed in everyone's pot

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