Court Boice of Medford and Rick Nagel
of Talent joined the list of hopefuls seeking positions held by Dave Gilmour, who will not seek re-election, and Jack Walker, who will.
Nagel, a Phoenix-Talent school board member and tax accountant, is the third Republican to challenge Walker in the May 18 primary.
thought about running before, but decided that since he
is semi-retired as of last year, now would be the best opportunity.
If elected, he
would devote himself full time to his
job as county commissioner.
He said he's always been civic-minded - he's the president of OnTrack, the addictions treatment center, and was twice president of the Ashland Chamber of Commerce.
"What I bring is a business background," he
"I have the ability to go in and listen and learn and find out what's on people's mind."
combined background in business and community work make him highly qualified for the commissioner seat.
would like to find ways to bring more jobs to Jackson County as part of his
role as commissioner.
filed a Measure 37 claim on his
Talent property, referring to the property rights initiative that was overturned by Measure 49.
believes land-use laws could be more flexible for property owners, Nagel
supports preserving the natural beauty of the state.
"I guess I'm an environmentalist," he
"Anybody is an environmentalist if you're from Oregon."
would step down from his
school board position if elected, though it wouldn't be required.
said the commissioner position is a full-time job.
thinks the commissioner salary, which is more than $90,000, is high and he
would entertain the idea of decreasing it.
Boice said it will be his
mission to keep liberals out of office.
Strict adherence to the Constitution and the election of conservatives at all levels is the best road to job recovery, he
comes from working class origins and lives in the trenches, like many families in Jackson County.
As a result, job creation is essential, and government should get out of the way of business.
"Government must get off all the 'air hoses' of business," he
said in a prepared statement.
Boice said he
will not vote for any more pay raises for commissioners and will try to seek a "fairness consensus" on present salaries.
said Washington, D.C., and Salem have both abandoned the Rogue Valley, so this area needs to figure out how to survive on its own.