Alyssa Sutton

The deadline for filing to run for Union County Commissioner is the end of the business day March 6, elections are May 15.

Commissioners Steve McClure and Jack Howard told The Observer they will not seek re-election.

Currently two candidates have filed for Position One, Howard’s position: Paul Anderes and Colleen MacLeod.

Anderes is a La Grande High School teacher. He was raised in Roseburg but has spent the last 22 years in La Grande teaching agriculture, forestry, wood shop and animal and plant science.

Anderes told The Observer when he filed in October that his biggest goal as a commissioner would be to focus on creating family-wage jobs in the county.

“I love Union County,” he said. “I’ve chosen to make it my home and to raise my children in this county. I have a good grasp on the way things work in the county. I plan to concentrate on expanding the opportunities for young people.”

MacLeod is the co-owner of Joe Beans Coffee with her husband, Al MacLeod. She served as a county commissioner from 1997 to 2009.

“It was really rewarding,” MacLeod told The Observer about her previous experience as a commissioner, when she filed in September. “There are so many good people in this county. It is a great region to represent.”

John Lackey and Matt Scarfo have filed for Position Two, which has been McClure’s position.

Lackey is the owner of Source One Consulting LLC of La Grande. He served on the La Grande City Council for one full term, from 2013 through the end of 2016.

Scarfo was going to file during the last election, but a newborn baby changed his plans. Scarfo, who filed in May, has been living in La Grande since 1995. He has served on the Union County Chamber of Commerce Board and La Grande Main Street Downtown Board. While Scarfo says that he has no political background, he wants to represent his community.

“I’m not running for student body president where I promise to extend recess hours and get soda for free,” he said. “I’m not saving up good deeds to get elected. I’m looking to just help out the best I can.”

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