New district attorney faces challenger

By Kelly Ducote, The Observer March 12, 2014 11:40 am

Wallowa, Union counties have contested races for commissioner spots

The newly appointed Union County district attorney will be challenged by the chief deputy DA for the top spot in the office this year.

Chief Deputy DA John Schilling will challenge Kelsie McDaniel for the elected position. According to the Secretary of State’s office, that race will be decided during the November election.

McDaniel was appointed by Gov. John Kitzhaber at the end of February to replace Tim Thompson, who retired at the end of the month. She has been a deputy DA in Union County since 2010. Prior to that she was a deputy DA in Morrow County for two years.

Schilling has served as chief deputy DA since 2007 and served as a deputy DA in Clackamas County for 14 years. He has also worked in the Twin Falls County Prosecutor’s Office and as an attorney at a private firm, and was an officer in the Marines before that.

Union County Commissioner Bill Rosholt will also be challenged to keep his seat. Democrat Jack Howard has filed to run against Rosholt, who is running for his second term.

Commissioner Steve McClure will run unopposed to stay on the board of commissioners.

On the state representative front, one Democrat has tossed her name into the mix for District 58. Heidi Van Schoonhoven, owner of La Grande Dry Cleaning & Alterations, has filed to run for the position. She is the sole Democrat in that race. John Turner of Pendleton and Union County’s Greg Barreto will square off in the Republican primary for state representative.

In Wallowa County, Paul Castilleja will face challenger Marc Stauffer in the Republican primary for county commissioner.

District Attorney Mona Williams and Wallowa County Clerk Dana Roberts are running unopposed for re-election.

La Grande Observer reporter Katy Nesbitt contributed to this report.