Incumbent Jackson County Commissioner C.W. Smith will face Democratic challenger Jim Olney in the November election.

Incumbent Jackson County Commissioner C.W. Smith will face Democratic challenger Jim Olney in the November election.

Olney, executive director of the Jackson County Library Foundation, received 8,637 votes, or 50 percent, in early returns. John Morrison, mayor of Ashland, had 5,614 votes — 32 percent. Scott Keith, former manager of an outdoor sporting goods store in Medford, earned 2,786 votes, or 16 percent of those counted.

Incumbent Smith, first elected in 2005, withstood a primary challenge from Gold Hill resident Morris "Bub" Saltekoff, according to the Jackson County Clerk's office.

Smith had tallied 11,722 votes — 81 percent — compared to Saltekoff's 2,563 votes, representing 17 percent.

"I'm very pleased and honored the voters in Jackson County have chosen me as the Democratic candidate for commissioner in the fall election," said Olney, 55.

"The key reason I won was that I did a lot of door-to-door," he added. "I tried to meet people personally. That's something I intend to do a lot more of in the next six months."

— Paul Fattig