Now that Dallas Heard has made the switch from the House to the Senate, the appointment process is about to start all over again to fill Heard’s former House seat.
Republican precinct committee persons from House District 2 will convene in Roseburg Saturday to choose a slate of three to five candidates for an interim replacement.
Because Heard is a Republican, his interim replacement must also be from that party.
County commissioners from Douglas, Jackson and Josephine counties will select one of the candidates from the slate to become interim House representative. Because most District 2 voters are in Douglas County, and the votes are weighted, the commissioners from Douglas County will have the most influence on who is selected.
The person they select will hold the office until the winner of the November election is inaugurated at the beginning of 2019.
Douglas County Commissioner Gary Leif is the most likely candidate for the post, since he’s the only Republican except for Heard who’s running for the seat in the May primary. Heard’s transition to the Senate came too late for him to take his name off Republican primary ballots, so both Heard’s and Leif’s names will appear.
Heard has endorsed Leif’s candidacy.
Megan Salter of Roseburg is the lone candidate in the Democratic primary. Salter and Leif are expected to square off in November.
Leif gave up his gavel and his place as chairman of the board of commissioners Wednesday, and said it was likely his last meeting as commissioner. The commissioners unanimously chose Commissioner Chris Boice to be board chairman.