Don Russell has filed for his second term on Monday, the first candidate to do so for the 2018 election.
Russell, a Boardman businessman, said he hoped to continue to be a part of the positive changes going on in Morrow County.
“In my first term, we changed the way we did business as a county,” he said. The county went from having an elected judge and two commissioners to having three elected commissioners and a department administrator.
“That was a big step for Morrow County,” he said.
Russell said in his first term, he was involved with the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC), and served on the transportation committee. He said the transportation package that was passed in the state legislature was a big win for small counties around Oregon.
Russell said he was proud of the way commissioners from Umatilla and Morrow counties have worked together and had a good relationship, and said Morrow County has similar working relationships with surrounding counties.
“I think it’s important,” he said. “What affects one county affects us all.”
If re-elected, Russell said he’d like to make fixing the infrastructure of the county planning department building in Irrigon one of his priorities. The building, called the Irrigon Annex, also houses the parole and probation program, and a justice court.
“They’ve outgrown the space,” he said.
He said that his first year on the commission involved a learning curve, including going to trainings like the “County College” put on by the AOC.
“I feel like the citizens of the county have invested money in me, and I need to serve one more term to help pay that back,” he said.
The filing deadline for the position is Mar. 6, 2018.