Three races contested on May ballot

Prairie City Mayor and Grant County Commissioner Jim Hamsher

Five county seats are open for election in this May’s Grant County primary. All races are nonpartisan. The deadline to file was at 5 p.m. March 6.

According to the final tally from the Grant County Clerk’s Office, Grant County Judge Scott Myers has filed for another six-year term, and Grant County Commissioner and Prairie City Mayor Jim Hamsher has filed to run against him.

Six residents have filed for Commissioner Boyd Britton’s seat. The challengers for the four-year position include Gordon Larson and Dave Rose of Canyon City; Sam Palmer, Tanner Elliott and Richie Colbeth of John Day, and Archie Osburn of Monument. Britton has said he will not file for re-election, and Rob Raschio withdrew his name.

Justice of the Peace Kathy Stinnett has filed for another six years. Harold Preston, of Prairie City, has filed to run against her.

Running unopposed for re-election for four-year terms are County Clerk Brenda Percy and District Attorney Jim Carpenter. According to Grant County election regulations, at least three candidates must file for clerk, sheriff or treasurer races for them to appear on the primary ballot, so the clerk race will not appear on the primary ballot this year, only in the general election.

Grant County voters also will see a ballot measure to repeal a county ordinance and allow marijuana businesses to operate under state law.

In addition, 40 two-year Republican and Democratic precinct positions are up for election in the county’s five precincts.

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