Since our first story on local candidates, new names have entered local races.

Beginning in Oregon’s Senate, Senate District 10, Jackie Winters (R) is running unopposed for a seat she has held since 2002.  Senate President Peter Courtney (D-SD11) who has served in the Senate since 1999, has a competitor in Thomas M. Chereck, Jr. (R.)  In Senate District 13, Kim Thatcher (R) currently filling House District 25, is running unopposed for senate district 13..

Republican Jodi L. Hack is running unopposed in the 19th District of the House, but there is a lot of competition – four candidates – for a swing district, House District 20.  The seat has been held by Republican Vicki Berger since 2002, but she’s not running again.  Two of these candidates are Republicans; conservative Karl Ericson and commercial real estate appraiser Kathy B. Goss.  The Democrats are Cindy Condon and Paul Evans.  Evans, a college professor, small business owner and retired military officer, told Salem Weekly, “while I do not believe government is the solution to every problem, I do not believe government is the enemy.  Rather, government – good government – results from good people investing in governance.”

Democratic Representative Brian Clem has occupied House District 21 since 2002.  No one, including Clem, has officially declared their intention to run for that seat.

Republican Mark Geiger, owner of an insurance company, is challenging incumbent Democrat Betty Komp in House District 22.  For the seat in District 25 being vacated by Thatcher, one candidate has filed, conservative talk-show host, Bill Post (R.)

The final date to file for these State offices is March 11.

For County commissioner Position 1, Oregon Representative Kevin Cameron (R,) is opposed by Salem City Counselor Diana Dickey (D.)  For Commissioner Position 2, current Commissioner Janet Carlson (R,) has filed and is opposed by another republican woman, Kim Brady. The last day to file to run for County office is March 11,

In City Council races, current Mayor Anna Peterson (R,) has not officially declared her candidacy but is considered in the race.  As of this time, she would be unopposed.

As for City Council races, in 2014 the contested seats are in even-numbered Wards, (2, 4, 6 and 8.)

Sheronne Blasi has filed her petition to run for Ward 2 City Counselor and has completed her application.  No one is running against her.  In Ward 4, restaurant lobbyist Steven McCoid has filed, but not gathered all his signatures.  He has no opponent.  Ward 6 shows two candidates; Xue V. Lor whose application is completed, opposed by Daniel Benjamin, who has filed but has not yet submitted the required signatures.

Ward 8 Councilor Dan Clem has not made his intentions official, but is widely considered to not be considering another term.  No one else has filed to run in Ward 8.

Any hopeful City office hopeful must contact City of Salem Recorder and Elections Officer, Kathy Hall, prior to any other step. The last day to file to run for city races is March 11th.