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Election

ROSEBURG — Incumbent Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman was sailing easily to victory election night. 

According to unofficial election results as of 8:30 p.m., Freeman was winning by 63 percent of the vote or 8,923 votes in the May primary. 

Commissioner Freeman faced the following in the May 15 election: Brandy Stone; Victor Petrucci; Rita Harris and Ashley Hicks. 

Petrucci could not be reached by deadline for comments. He received almost 5 percent of the vote or 694 votes total. Other unofficial election results are:

  • Stone with 16 percent of the vote, or 2,256 votes. She came in second to Freeman. 
  • Harris with 9.3 percent or 1,326 votes;

and Hicks with 7 percent of the tally, or 979 votes. 

Reached by phone, Freeman said he has two key objectives for his next term. He wants to continue "managing federal forests here in Douglas County." Secondly he as a commissioner wants to let "people what it is we do." 

"We have an amazing list of services we provide," the incumbent said, including senior services, help for veterans, the 911 dispatch center and the jail plus the district attorney's office, to name a few. 

"All those that we do, we do well," Freeman said. "I think the focus is on the negative instead of the positive." 

The incumbent thanked his supporters and all who worked on his team.

"Nobody wins a campaign alone and I had a great team," Freeman said, "and ultimately the greatest support is from the citizens and the voters." 

The Umpqua Post conducted a phone interview with Harris Tuesday night. 

"You know, I think that the process of reaching out to people and at events forums ...on the campaign trail is an experience I was really proud of and I just hope Tim does a good job," Harris said. 

"I'm not a politician," she said. "I'm not a political person. I'm more concerned about our community and our Constitution and merging the two." 

Harris said she'll run again in the future, believing the "county commissioners office can do a better job." 

Harris said the commissioners should be more transparent and yet commissioners have said they have done their utmost to communicate better with the public, including televising all commissioner meetings.

Ashley Hicks gave her perspective too. 

"We're just 47 minutes after the hour on my time," she said when called at about 8:45. "I'm sure there are a lot of ballots coming in from the coast." 

Hicks found it frustrating that only 21 percent of citizens had voted in the May primary, saying this "is what's most concerning to me." 

She added that this "21 percent of the population is making a decision for all the county" and that by not voting, they're "basically forfeiting their opinion. They are forfeiting their vote." 

Hicks, who serves on the Roseburg City Council, said urging voters to turn their ballots in is a "big part of campaigning." 

"And obviously that didn't happen," the Roseburg resident said. "I'm so disappointed in that." 

Hicks also looked a bit on the bright side too, thanking the 21 percent of residents who did vote county wide. 

She'll run again for commissioner. 

"Oh definitely yeah," she said. "I've never won anything the first go around. I think it's good practice." 

Official results for all races were scheduled to be put online at the state level at about 11 p.m.

Freeman has served on the county commission since 2015. His service includes: the 2016 board chair; the executive board association of O & C Counties (Oregon and California); Association of Oregon Counties tri-chair and the Federal Forests Working Group. He served in the Oregon Legislature as well.

Adding to his political background, Freeman volunteered on the Roseburg City Council from 2003 until 2008 and other groups, including as the League of Oregon Cities chairman. 

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The Umpqua Post Editor Shelby Case can be reached at 541-269-1222, ext. 296 or shelby.case@theworldlink.com.

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