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Malheur County Republicans slate candidates forum

CORRECTION: Travis Johnson is running unopposed for sheriff and will appear on the November general election ballot. The race is nonpartisan. An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the race would be on the primary ballot in May. The Enterprise apologizes for the error.

VALE – The Malheur County Republican Central Committee will sponsor a candidates forum at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Vale Christian Church at 450 A Street.

A Fiesta dinner will be offered at the session. Tickets for the dinner are $26 and can be purchased by calling Terry Reuck at 208-789-3057 or by emailing Cheryl Cruson at [email protected]

The evening will begin with an update from state Rep. Mark Owens, R-Crane, and state Sen. Lynn Findley, R-Vale.

Local candidates scheduled to appear include incumbents Travis Johnson, Malheur County Sheriff and Malheur County Commissioner Ron Jacobs. The sheriff’s election though, will not be on the May ballot since only Johnson filed for the position. Johnson will be on the November General Election ballot. Jacobs is running unopposed on the Republican ballot for the May election.

Also scheduled at the forum will be Chris Russell, who is running for Malheur County Assessor. Dave Ingram, the current Malheur County Assessor, is not running for another term.

Candidates for the Malheur County Justice of the Peace – current justice Margie Mahony and challenger John Paul Carey – are also slated to be at the forum.

Three state senate candidates – Mike McLane, Robert Neuman and Douglas Muck – slated to be at the forum. McLane, Neuman and Muck are all running for the District 30 state Senate seat. Findley, who currently holds the District 30 position, announced last year he will not run for reelection.

Will Lathrop, who is running for the state attorney general position in the May Republican primary will also be at the forum. Lathrop faces Michael Cross in the primary race.

Brent Barker, one of three Republican candidates running in the primary for the state Secretary of State slot, is scheduled to be at the forum. The other two Republican candidates are Dennis Linthicum and Tim McCloud.

U.S. Rep. Cliff Bentz and primary opponent Jason Beebe are also on the docket to appear at the session.

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