Commissioners Consider Non-Partisan Race

Non-PartisanMEDFORD, Ore. — Jackson County voters could be asked to change the way county commissioners are elected.

Wednesday, commissioners discussed the possibility of electing future commissioners in non-partisan elections.  Currently, 23 out of 36 Oregon counties already elect commissioners who are not affiliated to a political party.

Several members from the Jackson County Republican Party spoke up in disagreement. They believe there will be a loss of transparency with candidates in a non-partisan election.

“So, special interest groups have the ability then to pour in massive amounts of money to get someone elected that people don’t really know where they stand,” explained Chuck Heauser.

Commissioners could either make the decision to become non-partisan on their own. or let voters decide if non-partisan elections is a system they prefer. The question could be on the ballot in the 2014 primary. Next month, commissioners will further discuss this possible change.