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Lamoreau to run for county position
Former Union County Commissioner John Lamoreau, defeated in the 2006 primary election by Nellie Hibbert, is looking to get his old job back.
Lamoreau is one of three people filed to date to run for county positions in the May 20 primary election. Linda Hill will run for a second term as county assessor and Robin Church will run for the county clerk's spot.
Church was appointed clerk in February after Hibbert, then the county clerk, became a county commissioner.
Lamoreau filed Friday to seek the Republican nomination for the seat on the board of commissioners being vacated by Colleen MacLeod. MacLeod, a three-term county commissioner, announced recently she will not seek another term.
Lamoreau is the first person to file for the county commissioner seat. The filing deadline is March 11.
In a prepared statement to The Observer, Lamoreau said encouragement from friends and family was a factor in his decision to try for the position.
He said he was proud of the things he accomplished during his four-year term, citing in detail his work in the field of renewable energy.
He noted that after he left the board, he worked with Democrats and Republicans in Salem to pass Oregon's Renewable Energy Standard.
In addition to renewable energy initiatives, Lamoreau also said he is committed to supporting the sheriff's office, the road department and other county services.
"I sincerely wish Commissioner MacLeod well as she retires after 12 years on the board," he said. "I hope to have the opportunity to work with Commissioners (Steve) McClure and Hibbert as we strive to protect our local way of life while meeting the challenges the future will bring."