Dyer, Roberts edge out competition in commissioner primaries

Northwest Energy Solutions business owner Rick Dyer was handily beating retired electrical engineer Henry Marlowe Jr. in the Republican primary for Jackson County Board of Commissioners Position 1 on Tuesday night.

With 40.5 percent of the vote counted as of 10 p.m., Dyer had 11,918 votes compared to Marlowe's 1,436 votes.

"It's always gratifying and humbling to be given that vote of confidence by the people," Dyer said.

For Jackson County Commissioner Position 3, Sensational Sweets bakery owner Colleen Roberts was edging out real estate broker Joel Ockunzzi in the Republican primary.

She had 7,964 votes to Ockunzzi's 7,020 votes.

For Position 1, Dyer may face Democrat Tonia Moro in the November general election. Moro, a lawyer who lives near Talent, mounted a late write-in campaign in the Democratic primary for Position 1 after no other Democrats filed to run for commission seats.

Dyer said he's not sure yet who he will face in the November general election, but knows that the election will take a lot of work.

"I hope people will give me the same vote of confidence," he said.

A Medford resident, Dyer said during his campaign that his educational experience in law, business administration and accounting gives him a unique set of skills.

His company, Northwest Energy Solutions, specializes in installing energy-efficient windows and doors. Dyer said he learned about fiscal responsibility and restraint as a business owner.

A Central Point resident, Marlowe advocated dreaming big to bolster Jackson County's economy.

He said the United States should revive its Space Shuttle program, mine helium-3 from the moon and build a nuclear fusion power-generating plant in the Rogue Valley.

County Commissioner Don Skundrick currently holds Position 1 but is not seeking re-election.

During the competition for Position 3, Roberts, a Prospect resident and the owner of a bakery, deli and espresso business in Eagle Point, said the county government needs to be more transparent and welcome more citizen input.

Ockunzzi, a White City resident, said he wanted to boost the economy by reducing barriers to development and logging, while attracting new businesses, such as those in the high-tech sector through enterprise zones.

County Commissioner John Rachor, who holds Position 3, is not seeking re-election.

Staff reporter Vickie Aldous can be reached at 541-776-4486 or valdous@mailtribune.com. Follow her at www.twitter.com/VickieAldous.


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