Four citizens met the 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline and filed for the only available seat on the Curry County Board of Commissioners on the primary election ballot May 15.
The four include Jan Barbas, Andre Bay and Jeri Lynn Thompson, all of South County, and Christopher Paasch of Gold Beach. They are running for Position No. 1, currently held by Commissioner Tom Huxley, who announced last month he wouldn’t be running for a second term. His term expires next January. The three seats on the commissioner board are nonpartisan.
If, after election returns are counted, none attains 50 percent of the vote plus one vote, the top two will go to the general election in November.
Of this year’s pool, none except Thompson, who serves on the Tolowa Dee-Ni’ Tribal Nation Council, have any political experience.
Barbas is a retired chemist and current Port of Brookings Harbor commissioner and budget committee member for the Cape Ferrelo Fire Department; Bay listed on his filing that he has no educational, work or prior political experience.
Paasch lists his work experience in the financial realm in New York City, as a church administrator, horse breeder and real estate agent. He currently operates the nonprofit Dreams, Faith and Hope Foundation. He is also a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and pilot and sits on the Gold Beach-Wedderburn Rural Fire District board.
Thompson, a native Curry County resident, worked for years as the postmaster at the now-closed U.S. Postal Service in Harbor and as a legal intern.