PRINEVILLE, OR -- The Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce will host a forum Tuesday evening, with the seven candidates for County Commissioner, Position One. Candidate Peter Sharp says it’s an opportunity for voters to get to know each candidate. "To me, I think it’s very important. And, I sometimes get frustrated that we can’t get out more to get people more involved. Because, I really want the people out to look at all of us."
Melanie Marlow says it’s important voters learn about what makes each candidate different. "I’m a small business owner, we need more of the same. We need to diversify Prineville/Crook County’s economy. And, I believe the way to do that is to start utilizing what you already have."
Retired Prineville Public Works Director Jerry Brummer tells KBND News his top priority is getting a new jail. "We haven’t had a decent jail facility in a number of years. They tried to pass a levy 10 or 12 years ago and wasn’t successful, and the jail has really deteriorated. We’ve been renting rooms from Jefferson County for a number of years and I just feel that we need to take care of our own."
Sharp, Marlow and Brummer are running against Shelby Duncan, Tom Jay, Jodie Fleck and Jason Carr for the nonpartisan position. If no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote in the May 17 primary, the top two will face off in the November election.
Tuesday's forum begins at 6:30 p.m. at Carey Foster Hall, inside the Crook County Fairgrounds.