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Write-ins Card, Moro head to general election

Two write-in candidates received enough votes in the Jackson County primary to appear on the ballot in the November general election.

Rogue Valley native Nick Card, 25, a Republican, received 475 write-in votes for Oregon House District 5 and will run against incumbent Peter Buckley, D-Ashland.

Tonia Moro, a Talent lawyer and Democrat, received 2,816 write-in votes for county commissioner Position 1. She mounted a late write-in campaign after no other Democrats filed to run. She will take on Republican Rick Dyer, owner of Northwest Energy Solutions.

The candidates still have to officially accept the nominations, said Jackson County Clerk Chris Walker.

Card said his campaign will focus on job creation.

"I was born and raised here. I went to school here. This is home for me," Card said. "But after I graduated college, I couldn't come home because there isn't any work."

While Card eventually found work at his family's business, he said many young people who would have liked to return to Southern Oregon have not been as lucky.

Card does not see his comparatively young age as limiting.

"My age has given me insight into a situation that I don't know if my opponent fully understands, and that's the plight of people my age," Card said.

If elected, Card would work to reduce Oregon's income tax — the third highest in the country — and bring more high-tech businesses to Southern Oregon.

Moro plans to focus on 21st-century economy-building in her campaign.

"One of my goals is finding out if there are models out there we should be adopting and employing to bring entrepreneurial development and high-tech businesses and economic opportunities," Moro said.

Moro also plans to make sure the county's infrastructure, including broadband, water and transportation systems, is ready to meet technological and climate change demands.

Moro said she and her team are pleased with the amount of write-in votes received.

"It sounds like we did get the message out to some of the folks in the party, and they decided to support me in this campaign," Moro said.

Republican nominees Colleen Roberts, who's running for county commissioner, and Sal Esquivel, who's running for re-election in the Oregon House, also received enough write-in votes for Democratic nominations — which prevents any Democrats from challenging them in the general election. No Democrats had filed for either seat.

Roberts and Esquivel won't appear twice on the ballot, though.

"Even though they garnered that nomination, they can only appear on the ballot once," Walker said. "So they will have to choose."

While only two write-in candidates received enough votes to appear on the ballot in November, Walker said write-in votes are extremely common.

"There are always hundreds and hundreds of write-in votes," Walker said. "For example, there are 10 pages of people listed as write-in candidates for the Board of Commissioners Position 1 alone."

Contact Mail Tribune reporting intern Kelsey Thomas at 541-776-4358 or kthomas@mailtribune.com.