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Strosser pulls lead over Thomas

Republican Bob Strosser was leading over Democrat Jeff Thomas in the race to win a seat on the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, according to early election results.

Strosser had 57 percent of the vote, or 51,115 votes, compared to 41 percent for Thomas, or 36,815 votes.

"We've worked really hard on this and I'm sure my opponent did as well," Strosser said. "I hope the early results hold up. I can breathe a little easier now."

In January, the winner will take over the commissioner seat now held by Republican Doug Breidenthal, who lost to Strosser during a spring primary for Position 2.

Strosser said if he ends up winning, he wants to reach out to constituents throughout the county.

"We have a very diverse county with a lot of things to attract people here. I want to reach out to all the people," he said.

Thomas could not be immediately reached for comment.

A Realtor and retired police officer, Strosser, 71, campaigned on a platform of promoting a fiscally sound, efficient and responsive county government for residents. He also said economic development and land-use issues have to be prioritized in order to attract and retain businesses that fit the area and provide family wage jobs.

Strosser's extensive community and political experience includes time on the Medford City Council and Medford Water Commission.

Thomas, 48, is the manager of Connecting Point Computers Inc. Like Strosser,Thomas volunteers in the community and is chairman of the Medford School District Board, president of the Rogue Valley Timbers Soccer Club and head coach for North Medford High School girls soccer.

During his campaign, Thomas named tackling the issues of housing availability and affordability as his top priority. He also favors economic development, but said the county needs to be cautious about development that encroaches on agricultural land and family farms.

Reach staff reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@mailtribune.com. Follow her at www.twitter.com/VickieAldous.

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