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Vale mayor announces run for county judge, challenging Dan Joyce

Vale mayor Tom Vialpando announced last week he will seek to unseat current Malheur County Judge Dan Joyce in the May 2022 election. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL).

VALE – Vale Mayor Tom Vialpando has filed to run against incumbent Malheur County Judge Dan Joyce in the May 2022 election.

Vialpando filed to run for the full-time paid position last week. The county judge presides over the Malheur County Court, which is the county’s three-person governing commission, and is elected for a six-year term.

“I think I have the ability to pull many people in from other areas, such as other cities in Malheur County, and I think we can be a little more unified,” said Vialpando.

Vialpando moved to Vale in 2018 and was elected mayor in November 2020.

Joyce has served . . .