Correction: Interviews with commissioners June 4th, 1:30pm, possible decision by the board 9:30am June 6th.
After the Lincoln County Democratic Central Committee heard pitches from nine candidates who would like retiring County Commissioner Don Lindly’s job, the committee picked three candidates for the two remaining commissioners to pick to serve out Lindly’s term: Rick Brissette, Doug Hunt, and Theresa Wisner.
During a fourth round of voting Dave Heater and Ken Lundie both tied for first, but with just four votes each, neither garnered enough votes to reach a majority of committee persons voting. It’s the second disappointing showing for Lundie who just recently lost by a wide margin to incumbent Bill Hall in the Democratic Primary held earlier this month.
So these three picks will be forwarded to remaining county commissioners Bill Hall and Terry Thompson. When contacted tonight Hall said he would be proud to serve alongside any of the three, “but unfortunately Terry (Thompson) and I have to pick just one.”
Theresa Wisner is a long time county resident and businesswoman, owner of Wisner and Associates. Wisner has been a social services advocate for many years, including for My Sister’s Place which serves battered women. She said she supports the “buy local” ethic, knows her way around the country having worked 37 years with county and city officials and has wide experience in public administration and budgeting.
Rick Brissette, former Lincoln City Councilor and Lincoln City business owner touted wide government experience in his involvement with not only the city council but also in advocating services for those stricken with HIV/AIDS. He says he’s very familiar with land use law and regulations, public health, budgeting and advocating for those who need help the most.
And finally, former Umpqua Bank Regional Manager Doug Hunt said he has enjoyed extensive experience with local governments, non-profit agencies and the business community. He said “As a 23 year resident of the county I know the issues. I’ve worked on many of them from serving on the Lincoln County School Board, Lincoln County Budget Committee, Social Services Agency, Regional Workforce Investment Committee, among others.”
All three said they defend the right for women to determine her reproductive preferences and that AIDS/HIV services should be readily available to its victims.
Other unsuccessful candidates were Terry Obteshka, former Newport City Councilor and businessman, Alice Vachss, local attorney, Cody Gray, Siletz area carpenter, David Heater, businessman, Kevin Kutsch, local resident and Ken Lundie, retired fireman and harbor commissioner (California).
County Commissioner Bill Hall and Terry Thompson will interview Brissette, Wisner and Hunt on June 4th at 1:30pm at the county courthouse. Then on Wednesday, during their regular board meeting at 9:30am they’ll try to agree on one of the candidates.