CANYON CITY – Now there are three.
Gary Delaney, soon to retire as OSU Extension agent for Grant County, has filed to run for the open Grant County commissioner post.
He joins incumbent Boyd Britton and challenger Sam Palmer, who filed earlier. All three will be on the Republican ballots; no Democrats had filed at presstime.
Delaney said he has been thinking about running for a county office for almost 25 years, having worked with county courts and commissions here and in Washington state. He couldn’t run while in his current job, but he plans to retire from the Extension Service at the end of next month.
Delaney said he has skills and experience that could benefit the County Court.
He said he’s dealt extensively with agricultural producers and other citizens in his work, and he’s familiar with budgets. One of his goals would be to ensure that if the county can invest money in education, it does so.
“The kids are what it’s all about,” he said.
He also would focus on agriculture, the biggest industry in the county, and work to keep ranchers’ access to the public lands.
Delaney said the race isn’t personal, but noted Britton has had three terms.
“Maybe it’s time for a change,” he said.
Delaney, 65, and his wife Marsha live in Canyon City. They had five children; a daughter died at age 2. Grown children include Shawn in Utah, Joe in Idaho, Brian in John Day, and Leslie Huffman in Oregon City, and there are 11 grandchildren.
Delaney has been on the Grant County Fair Board, and has served as chairman. As an Extension agent, he is an assistant professor in the animal and range science department. He has also been an agent in Washington state and an instructor at Utah State University.
He has a bachelor’s degree in ag education and a master’s degree in ag education and Extension administration, both from Utah State.
The filing deadline for the May 20 primary is March 11 at the Grant County Clerk’s Office.