Union County Commissioner Donna Beverage has announced she will run for a second term.

“I have enjoyed serving my county these last three years and want to continue to serve,” said Beverage in a Nov. 7 news release.

Beverage, who is completing her second year as commission chair, was elected in 2016 for a four-year term. She is running for re-election to Position 3.

Beverage said projects she wants to continue working on include the Baum Industrial Park. She noted that paving at the site was completed this spring and three local businesses have purchased lots and are constructing buildings there, where they will move their operations to. Their operations will be bigger at the new site and the companies will employ more people than they do now, Beverage said.

The commissioner also said that as a member of the Natural Resource Committee for the Oregon Association of Counties and the National Association of Counties, she will continue to work on natural resource issues that are important to Union County.

She said she wants to continue strengthening connections between Union County and its cities.

“Building a relationship between the county and all of the cities (in it) has been a priority during my time as commissioner. Working together, we can get things done,” Beverage said.

Beverage noted that she attends a regular meeting of Union County mayors. By doing this, she and the mayors get to know one another, making it easier to ask for help when a need arises for something such as advice or equipment.

Beverage’s position is the only one of the three on the Union County Board of Commissioners that will be up for election in 2020.

Beverage and anyone who files to challenge her will be on the ballot for the May 19 primary election. If one candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, that individual will be elected. However, if no candidates top the 50% mark, the top two finishers will run against one another in a November 2020 runoff election. 

The deadline for filing for the Union County Commissioner election is March 10. 

General assignment reporter

Beats include the communities of North Powder, Imbler, Island City and Union, education, Union County veterans programs and local history. Dick joined The Observer in 1983, first working as a sports and outdoors reporter.

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