Ballots en route to voters will determine fate of key county offices

The Malheur County Courthouse in Vale, and sites in Ontario, Nyssa and Jordan Valley serve as collection points for ballots. (The Enterprise/FILE)

More than 17,000 voters in Malheur County are getting ballots this week for the 2022 Primary Election that could change the face of county government.

Ballots go out by mail on Wednesday, April 27, and they are due back by 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 17.

At the state level, the governor’s race is grabbing most of the attention. Democrats and Republicans across the state will be deciding who they pick to run in the November general election.

Among the 15 Democratic candidates, two have drawn most of the attention: former House Speaker Tina Kotek and state Treasurer Tobias Read.

Democrats make up just 14% of the voter . . .