The Curry Coastal Pilot

In Curry County, May 20 ballots will include a mixture of nonpartisan races, party primaries and at least one local measure.

The May election generally gets less attention than November's, but critical decisions will be made and candidates elected. April 29 is the deadline to register to vote or to change party registration, and ballots will be mailed May 1.

Four people so far are competing for an open seat on the Curry County Board of Commissioners. Voters will also decide the fate of Measure 8-76, a proposal to adopt a Home Rule Charter for Curry County.

Between now and election day, the Curry Coastal Pilot will interview local candidates in an effort to give voters a better idea of who the candidates are and what they stand for. If you have questions you'd like us to ask them, please send them to editor Scott Graves at .

On the statewide level, six candidates are seeking the Republican gubernatorial nomination, while incumbent John Kitzhaber has only one opponent in the Democratic primary. For Congressional District 2, incumbent Greg Walden has one opponent for the GOP nomination, and three candidates are running on the Democratic side. Incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley has two opponents for the Democratic nomination. Jason Conger and Monica Wehby are the most prominent of the five candidates seeking the GOP nomination in that race.

Some voters who feel their vote doesn't count for much in bigger elections - a view we don't share - should consider the much larger impact of this local election.