PRINEVILLE, OR -- Crook County's two Commissioners are competing for the top post as County Judge.
Seth Crawford says his campaign has been focused on the need for stronger leadership. "What I see is we need a leader to move us into the next step in Crook County's life. We need to work on professionalizing the way we manage our employees at the county. We've got great department heads and great employees there, but we need somebody at the top that's willing to step up and take a direction." He adds, "We haven't had long-term budget planning for as long as I've been there. I've been trying for four years to get that done, and I'm repeatedly turned down to get that done." Crawford was first elected to the court in 2010 and has two years left in his current term.
Ken Fahlgren has served on the court since 2008. Despite the hard fought campaign, he believes he and Crawford will still be able to work together, even after the election. "I think we'll be just fine. We've tried not to throw dirt on each other; we both have families with young kids. My grandkids and his kids are about the same age, and we go to the same church. We have interactions more than just this county job. So, we have to be able to understand that going forward, it's a team effort." He tells KBND News, "We've still got to work together; we still have to be civil to each other. And we, I hope, are still able to work together when I'm Judge and he's still a Commissioner for the next couple of years. I think there is good optimism in the community, right now. I feel that it is my time, and I feel like I've had a lot of support for so many things and so many people, that it just feel like it's going to work out fine."
If Fahlgren wins, Crawford would remain as a Commissioner. However, if Crawford wins, Fahlgren would be off the Commission when his term expires at the end of the year.