Commissioners from five southwestern Oregon counties will meet in Roseburg Monday to select the appointee who will fill former state senator Jeff Kruse’s Senate District 1 seat for the remainder of the year.
Once the legislative session begins in 2019, an elected senator will take the post. That will be either Republican nominee Dallas Heard, or an as-yet-unnamed Democratic nominee.
Heard, who currently serves as a state representative for House District 2, is also one of three nominees who will be considered for the temporary appointment. The others are Winston realtor Valynn Currie and Coos Bay veteran Karl Shank. A fourth candidate, state Rep. David Brock Smith, R-Port Orford, has dropped out of the running.
The four were nominated at a convention of Republican District 1 precinct committee persons in Coquille in March.
Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman was selected by the Oregon secretary of state to chair Monday’s meeting.
Three commissioners each from Coos, Curry, Jackson and Josephine counties, in addition to the three Douglas County commissioners are expected to participate in Monday’s vote. If a commissioner is absent, the county loses those votes, but commissioners can participate electronically rather than in person.
Their votes will be weighted based on the number of voters in their counties who are in District 1. Because 47,872 District 1 voters are in Douglas County, about 53 percent of the total, each Douglas County commissioner will cast 16 votes. Coos and Curry County commissioners will each cast just over five votes. Even smaller votes will be cast by commissioners from Josephine and Jackson Counties, each of which has only a small rural corner in District 1.
The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. Monday in Room 216 of the Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 SE Douglas Ave.