Kings Valley-area resident Pat Malone last week filed to run for a second term on the Benton County Board of Commissioners. The Position 1 seat is included on the ballot for the May 17 primary election.
As of Thursday, Malone was the only Democrat Party candidate for the four-year term. No Republican candidates have filed yet.
“As county commissioner, I’ve enjoyed helping Benton County respond to the wide variety of challenges and look forward to another term to continue working on existing and new projects,” Malone said in a press release.
Malone said his pre-election priorities during the 2018 were long-term planning, emergency preparedness and helping people without housing.
“Like many small business owners, I have had to manage our business’s finances and live with the consequences of my decisions,” Malone said. “I have brought that real-world experience to the county to see well beyond one- or two-year budget cycles and to push for long-term solutions.”
Malone owns Sunrise Tree Farm in Kings Valley. A former college instructor, Malone’s education background includes bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Oregon. He has an extensive history of public service on various committees and boards.
Malone said he’s proud of how Benton County has handled the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Thanks to our health department, robust testing by Oregon State University, and everyone in the county working to stay healthy, we have one of the highest vaccination rates and lowest infection rates in Oregon,” said Malone, who was commission chair when the pandemic hit. “With a healthy population, Benton County schools and businesses have been able to get back to operating with a new normal mode.”
Malone listed public transit and bike and walking path efforts, passage of the 911 service district in 2019 and the Third Street Commons housing project as issues of great importance to him.
“I appreciate the input from community members who have contacted me and want to thank them for their comments,” Malone said. “I look forward to talking with and listening to community members about setting Benton County priorities during the coming year.”
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