Friday, March 16, 2012
Decision time for Hood River County voters edges closer, as the filing period for candidates ended Tuesday.
State Rep. Mark Johnson will watch as two Democratic opponents face off in the May 15 Primary Election.
Races for County Sheriff and District Attorney will also vie for voters' attention this spring.
As of press time Tuesday, no fellow Republican had filed against Hood River's Johnson, the first-term incumbent in Dist. 52 of the State Legislature.
Peter Nordbye, a Brightwood Democrat, filed Monday for the Dist. 52 seat, and will run in May against Marv Hollingsworth, a Rhododendron retiree. Nordbye is principal of Parkrose Middle School.
Dist. 52 comprises Hood River County and portions of Clackamas and Multnomah counties.
Also, no challengers to the county Board of Commission candidates had filed at press time.
Check the Hood River News web site Wednesday morning for updates.
Voters will see at least a three-way race for Hood River County Sheriff between Hood River Police Chief Neal Holste, Det. Sgt. Gerry Tiffany of the Sheriff's Department, and Matt English, detective with the Hood River County Sheriff's Department.
The county board posts held by Ron Rivers, Maui Meyers and Les Perkins are up for election this year. All three have filed for re-election. The deadline to file was 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Brian Aaron of Hood River is so far the only person to file to run against District Attorney John Sewell.
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge