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Political forum highlights candidates for commissioner, county judge slot

Malheur County Judge Dan Joyce, an incumbent, answers a question during Monday night's candidate forum at Four Rivers Cultural Center. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL).

ONTARIO – Candidates for Malheur County Court tackled a range of issues Monday night during a candidate forum sponsored by the Malheur Enterprise at Four Rivers Cultural Center.

More than 75 people attended to listen to three candidates running for positions on the panel that is the county commission. Hundreds more watched a live online broadcast of the event.

Taking turns at the mic were the two candidates for Malheur County judge, incumbent Dan Joyce and challenger Tom Vialpando, and Jim Mendiola, running for Malheur County commissioner.

The trio addressed questions on an array of issues presented by moderator Les Zaitz, editor and publisher of the Enterprise, and from audience members . . .