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Two Candidates Lead Jackson County Commissioner Race

May 16, 2012

By Bryan Navarro

MEDFORD, Ore. — Seven candidates were hoping for a chance to become a Jackson County Commissioner – four Republicans and three Democrats. Now, we know who will likely face off in November.

The Democratic nominee for Jackson County Commissioner Position 2 is Jeff Scroggin. He received 61% of the vote and John Beatty came in second with 21% support. Scoggin will run against Republican Doug Briedenthal. 44% of Republican voters in Jackson County picked him as their nominee.

The leading candidates say they’re pleased with the early results, but say not all of the ballots have been counted so they are not declaring victory yet and it’ll still be a six-month battle to get to the Jackson County Courthouse.

On the Republican side, it’s Doug Breidenthal. He spent the evening with his friends and family, saying it’s been a long campaign since January and now it’s about looking toward November. For the Democrats, it’s Jeff Scroggin. He was enjoying the evening and results with his team. He says a young campaign manager and young interns helped inject energy into his race.

Again, both say they’re hesitant to declare any sort of victory, but they can’t help starting to think about November. Both say they’ll enjoy Election Night and then it’s hard work to fight for that second commissioner spot come the general election on November 6th.