No clear favorite for position 1
The open position 1 on the Jackson County Board of Commissioners has drawn four candidates, two of whom have run for office before. The Republican and the Democrat in the race are the most promising, but we don't find a compelling reason to choose one over the other.
The two returning candidates are Curtis Chancler, a transmission shop owner unaffiliated with a party who calls himself an investigative journalist. That appears to consist mostly of making vague accusations of wrongdoing in high places without much evidence to back it up.
Curt Ankerberg is a Medford Certified Public Accountant who has run for the School Board, the City Council and now county commissioner, this time as a Libertarian. We have never endorsed him because we don't think he has the temperament to work collaboratively on a decision-making body, least of all the three-member Board of Commissioners.
That leaves Republican Rick Dyer and Democrat Tonia Moro.
Dyer has managed auto dealerships and owns a business that installs energy-efficient windows and doors. He has a law degree from an online school in California and is licensed to practice law in that state. He has been elected twice to the Rogue Valley Transportation District board.
Dyer has been endorsed by the three current commissioners, other local Republican elected officials and six Medford City Council members.
Moro has been a local attorney for 24 years, working as a public defender in federal court for 10 years. She is now in private practice. She served for several years as legal counsel for the cities of Jacksonville, Talent, Shady Cove and Gold Hill. She is on the board of OnTrack, a local drug and alcohol treatment provider, has volunteered with several other nonprofit organizations and is a former president of the Quail Point Rotary Club.
Moro ran as a write-in candidate in the primary after no Democrat filed for the seat. She has the support of Democratic officials.
Dyer and Moro both pledge to work for economic development. Both are involved in the community and exhibit a sincere desire to move the county forward. Either would make a competent county commissioner; we leave the choice up to the voters.