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Six Democrats will duke it out in the May 15 primary to see who will win their party’s nomination for the Position 1 seat on the Benton County Board of Commissioners.

Christine Kramer became the latest contender to enter the fray when she turned in her candidacy form on Tuesday afternoon. Rounding out the crowded Democratic field are previously announced candidates Vincent Adams, Joel Hirsch, Pat Malone, Mark Page and Nancy Wyse.

The six will be vying for their party’s nomination to succeed Anne Schuster, who plans to step down from the Position 1 seat when her term expires at the end of the year.

Kramer, a 52-year-old pet groomer from Corvallis, said she’s running because she wants “to personally be part of change and growth and have a direct impact” on local affairs. If elected, she said, her top priorities would be making safety improvements to Highway 20 between Corvallis and Albany and making local schools safer.

The three-member Board of Commissioners enacts ordinances and sets policy for Benton County government. The board has been an all-Democratic stronghold since 2000.

No other major party candidates threw their hats into the ring by Tuesday’s filing deadline, meaning that anyone who wants to run for the post as a Republican or Independent in the general election will have to do so as a write-in candidate.

One unaffiliated candidate, Max Mania, has announced plans to run for the seat. Nonaligned candidates and those representing minor parties that conduct their own nominating processes have until Aug. 28 to file papers to appear on the November general election ballot.

The only other countywide office on the May 15 primary ballot is sheriff. Incumbent Scott Jackson is running unopposed for the nonpartisan job. Jackson, who was appointed to the position in July 2013, is seeking re-election to a third four-year term.

Reporter Bennett Hall can be reached at 541-758-9529 or Follow him on Twitter at @bennetthallgt.


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