COOS COUNTY — Candidates are lining up for the May primary.

Candidates have until 5 p.m. March 8 to file for the May 17 primary.

Incumbent Coos County commissioner Bob Main is gunning for a third term.

Main first ran in 2008, defeating incumbent John Griffith. Main went on to win again in November 2012, eking by Fred Messerle with 14 votes. Prior to his service on the board of commissioners, Main served as the county's assessor for two terms.

He'll go up against Dale Pennie, who's also no stranger to Coos County elections. This is Pennie's fourth go at a commissioner seat. He previously lost to Kevin Stufflebean in 2010, to current commissioner Melissa Cribbins in 2012, and to current commissioner John Sweet in 2014.

Last fall, Pennie was found guilty of keeping an illegal private junkyard on his Bandon property.

Steve Jansen is also running to retain his position as county assessor, a position he's held since he was appointed in 2011 after his predecessor was recalled from office. Currently, he has no challengers.

And Coquille mayor Matt Rowe is on the ballot, hoping to be seated as county treasurer. He's served as Coquille's mayor since 2013. As of Monday, current treasurer Mary Barton had not filed for reelection. She has served in the position since she was first elected in 1988.

Coos County clerk Terri Turi clarified that the treasurer position must be elected in the November general election. Unless more than two candidates file for the position by March 8, it will not appear on the May ballot, Turi said.

 

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