Lincoln County Commissioner Terry Thompson laid down his candidacy papers at the Lincoln County Clerk’s Office this morning at 9am, after long deliberating with himself whether he might do more good as a State House Representative representing the coast in the state legislature, or if he’d be better serving his community by staying a county commissioner.
Thompson said it was very difficult decision but in the end he filed for re-election to the county commission. Thompson has been a strategic point man in everything about the ocean around here. Fishing, wave energy, ocean wind energy, ocean reserves, fishing regulations, high tech intercontinental communications and data fiber, the gamut. Thompson said that he enjoys working with the great team of public servants in the form of commissioners Doug Hunt, Bill Hall and County Counsel Wayne Belmont. He said they get a lot done without a lot of fanfare. And it’s good for the people and its good for the region. He said the way the county pulled together the Veterans Admininstration and the county health department to offer local medical care for veterans was a big accomplishment that he’s proud to have been a part of.
He said when it comes to ocean issues, there is so much work ahead that requires strong representation at the table; at the federal, state and local level. He said he’s also driven to help ensure that Oregon State University’s plans for a 500 student satellite campus in Newport is properly focused on marine science and on the equipment necessary to study and help preserve the coast’s fishing industry, tourism and the unparalleled beauty of it.
Thompson served in the state legislature some years back and said that too is a place to get things done. But he added that he wanted to remain focused on the issues that are near and dear to his heart and which he believes will be his most effective choice in the way he serves Lincoln County.
Thompson has some competition in the now non-partisan race now aimed at the May election. If Thompson manages to pull 50% of the vote plus one, he’s elected for another four years. If Thompson gets less than 50% plus one, he faces the number two vote getter in the general election which is the first Tuesday in November. Newport City Councilor David Allen has thrown his hat into the ring as has Lincoln City Mayor Dick Anderson. This will be the first non-partisan commissioners race since the change was initiated by the voters last November.
Thompson called State Representative David Gomberg who is up for re-election to the State House District 10, the position Thompson was thinking about going after. Thompson told Gomberg that he had re-filed for his commissioners seat. Gomberg said that he and Thompson are both tireless public servants and it’s better that both remain in office.
Meanwhile County Commissioner Doug Hunt has filed for his seat on the commission, having been appointed to serve out the remainder of former County Commissioner Don Lindly’s last term. Hunt is thus far not challenged.
The deadline for filing is March 11th. The ballots go out May 1st and the final tally starts at 8pm May 20th.