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Jackson County candidate deadline approaches


Jackson County's deadline for filing for candidacy in the Nov. 6 general election is Tuesday, Aug. 28.

Paperwork and verified signatures are due from cities to the Jackson County Clerk's Office by the close of business that day. Cities set their own earlier deadlines for filing.

Here is a roundup of candidates so far:

  • Butte Falls: Retired Forest Service engineer Fred Phillips is running for the mayor's seat to replace Ron Ormond, who opted not to seek re-election. Councilwoman Lyla McClanahan has filed for re-election to one of three seats on the ballot.
  • Central Point: Mayor Hank Williams is running for another four-year term. For two at-large council positions, incumbents Carol Fischer and Kay Harrison will vie against three others: planning Commissioner Rick Samuelson, Parks Committee member David Douglas and resident Patrick Iler. For Ward 4, Councilman Allen Broderick had not yet filed paperwork and no other candidates were declared. City officials said citizens interested in any of the four positions can still file paperwork until 4 p.m. Tuesday.
  • Eagle Point: Incumbent Mayor Bob Russell and councilmen Bill Fierke and Wayne Brown will seek another term, while Parks Commission member Aaron Prunty hopes to fill a third opening.
  • Gold Hill: Incumbent Mayor Buckey Stephen will square off against former Councilwoman Jan Fish for the mayor's seat. Five candidates are vying for three available council seats: incumbents Sam Blake and Margaret Dials, former Mayor Gus Wolf and residents Lisa Blake and Doug Reischman.
  • Jacksonville: Councilman and former Mayor Jim Lewis will run against incumbent Paul Becker for the city's top elected spot, and six candidates are vying for three City Council seats.

Becker was appointed mayor by the City Council in January 2011 after Bruce Garrett resigned. Lewis was mayor from 1995 through 2008 and on the council the preceding nine years. He was elected to a four-year term in 2010.

Those seeking election to three at-large seats with four-year terms include former planning commissioner and current Councilman David Jesser, who was appointed to fill Becker's seat in 2011; Owen Jurling, member of the Planning Commission and the Historic and Architectural Review Commission; Criss Garcia, planning commissioner; Katie Haugse, former assistant city recorder; and residents Bill Hampton and Josie Wall. Councilwomen Donna Schatz and Christina Duane have chosen not to seek re-election.

  • Phoenix: Mayor Carlos DeBritto isn't seeking re-election, leaving Councilman Jeff Bellah and former Councilman Steve Schulman to vie for his seat. Former council member Terry Helfrich is running for one of three available council positions.
  • Rogue River: Councilman Fred England will seek to replace incumbent John Bond, who is term-limit bound, for the mayor's seat. Newcomers Richard Pardy and Shelli Spencer will campaign for two of three open council positions.
  • Shady Cove: Mayor Ron Holthusen and council members Jim Ulrich and Leith Hayes are running unopposed so far for re-election.
  • Talent: Candidates for four open City Council seats don't face opposition on the Nov. 6 ballot. Thursday was the filing deadline. Former Councilwoman Darby Stricker has filed for Seat No. 2, currently held by Sherman Lamb, who is not seeking re-election. She currently serves on the city's Planning Commission and has also been on the Parks Commission. Council members Teresa Cooke and E.J. McManus are running for re-election to seat Nos. 4 and 6, respectively. Budget Committee member Joan Dean has filed for the remaining two years on Seat No. 3, vacated when Dan Goyette resigned in September 2011. Kierstin Brown, who was appointed to the position in October 2011, opted to not seek election.

Talent residents, along with those in Phoenix and county areas of Jackson County Fire District No. 5, are being asked to approve a $1.8 million levy to purchase fire and emergency equipment.

For information on filing requirements and last-minute deadlines, contact individual cities.

Buffy Pollock is a freelance reporter living in Medford. Email her at buffyp76@yahoo.com. Tony Boom is a freelance writer living in Ashland. Reach him at tboomwriter@gmail.com.