CANYON CITY - Both Grant County Commissioner Boyd Britton and Grant County District Attorney Ryan Joslin are seeking re-election this year.
The posts are the only countywide positions on the May 18 primary, although local voters also will find political party precinct positions and a collection of state and federal candidates on their ballots.
Britton filed last week at the Grant County Clerk's Office in his quest for a third term on the Grant County Court. His name will appear on the Republican ballot in the primary.
As of Monday, no other candidates from either party had filed for the seat.
Joslin, completing his first term as Grant County DA, filed last week with the Secretary of State's office. District attorneys, although elected to serve by county, are state jobs so candidates must file with the state.
Tuesday, March 9, is the deadline to file for a spot on the primary ballot.
Britton said last week he's seeking re-election because "there's unfinished business - a lot of challenges left to address."
Those challenges stem from the natural resources base of the county, the lagging economy and budgetary constraints, he said. Natural resources will remain the county's strength, he added, and must remain a focus even as other aspects of the economy are explored.
He sees his experience in office as a plus for the county, noting that he's gained familiarity with the issues and built contacts with the state and federal agencies with which the Court must work.
He said the Court operates as a team, but he believes his contribution has been to open up communications between that body and various sectors of the community. In particular, he takes some credit for helping the moderate environmental community to see things "from our perspective."
He said the Court has moved ahead or helped with several important projects during his tenure: renovating the Depot Park Museum, securing the old Bates millsite for a state park, getting the new airport terminal and fire base into construction, and putting the county's mental health department on a good track. He also is pleased that the Court and the Sheriff's Office, which have been at odds, have what he called a much better relationship than in the past.
While he had no opponents as of early this week, Britton wasn't worried by the possibility. "If I do have opposition, I'll promise this, that it will be a clean, upbeat campaign," he said. "I would never say anything untoward or offensive toward any opponent."
Also this year, voters in Grant County and across the state will cast ballots for:
? Governor - With Gov. Ted Kulongoski term-limited this year, several candidates have announced they're seeking the job. They include Democrats Bill Bradbury, John Kitzhaber, Roger Obrist, Jerry Wilson, and Republicans Allen Alley, Chris Dudley, John Lim, Michael Hotchkiss and Bill Sizemore.
? U.S. Senator - Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is seeking re-election and his announced opponents include Democrat Pavel Goberman and Republican Dennis Hall.
? U.S. Representative - Rep. Greg Walden's Second Congressional District seat is up for election. In his sixth term, Walden last fall ruled out taking a run for Oregon governor, saying his Congressional post was the best place to help the state.
? State Representative - Local voters will decide two positions now held by Rep. Cliff Bentz (R-Ontario), in District 60, which includes the southeastern portion of Grant County, and Rep. John Huffman (R-The Dalles), in District 59, which includes the rest of Grant County. As of Monday, Bentz had no opponent, while Britt Storkson of The Dalles has filed to face Huffman in the Republican primary.