County has contested races for commissioner, sheriff as deadline looms

Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe will face Ontario Police Department officer Casey Walker in the May 19 election. (The Enterprise/File photo)

VALE – Only two contested races will be on the local ballot for the May primary but both could quickly heat up as election day draws near.

The two contested races are for a Malheur County commissioner position and Malheur County sheriff. Both are four-year terms.

The county commission race so far will showcase incumbent Larry Wilson against Vale businessman Jim Mendiola. Wilson is a local real estate broker and seeks his third term as a commissioner. Mendiola, a former Vale 4th of July Rodeo Board president, operates Jim Mendiola Gravel Products.

Both men will run on the Republican . . .