Among the hottest races in southern Oregon are the races for positions on the Jackson and Josephine County Board of Commissioners. Doug Breidenthal, Jeff Scoggin are competing to fill the vacancy being left in Jackson County by the retiring C.W. Smith. In Josephine County, Cherryl Walker is competing with Bob Just for one county commissioner seat, while Keith Heck and Toni Webb vie for the other spot.
For the Oregon Legislature, Representatives Dennis Richardson, and Sal Esquivel are expected to return to Salem for the next session, while challenger Sandra Abercrombie takes a second run at an upset over Peter Buckley. Republican Herman Bartschiger is favored to claim the state Senate seat being vacated by longtime incumbent Jason Atkinson.