ELECTION 2022: Meet the candidates for Malheur County Court

The four candidates vying for seats on the Malheur County Court provide the only contested races in the May 17 election.

Dan Joyce is running for re-election as Malheur County judge. He is challenged by Tom Vialpando, mayor of Vale.

Don Hodge is running for another term as county commission. He faces Vale businessman Jim Mendiola.

The Enterprise provided the four candidates with the same nine questions about issues in Malheur County. Their responses have been edited for length and are published below. Hodge said he would not answer.

Who’s on the ballot…

For Judge:

Dan Joyce: Joyce, 67, of Vale, was born in Ontario and raised in Juntura, where he ranched for many years. He graduated from Vale High School. He was . . .