Peralta has the energy, expertise to lead the county

by the Newberg Graphic Editorial Board
Oct 22, 2014

The community editorial board of the Newberg Graphic has voted unanimously to endorse Sal Peralta for Yamhill County commissioner Position 1.

After meeting with Peralta and opponent Stan Primozich last week, the board felt that Peralta’s readily apparent energy and a background of advocacy would serve the people of Yamhill County well.

Candidates cash in on geographical roots

Folks in Yamhill County tended to vote for their own in last Tuesday’s primary, with candidates doing best in whatever part of the county they came from.

That was especially noticeable in the race for Yamhill County sheriff, where forest patrol deputy Tim Casey ran away with Newberg and Dundee, winning clear majorities in all Newberg-Dundee precincts. Capt. Tim Svenson outpolled Casey by amassing votes in McMinnville, Lafayette, Dayton and Amity, where he came out on top in all precincts.

Peralta, Primozich Square off in November

McMinnville residents Sal Peralta and Stan Primozich are headed to a November runoff, after late returns showed Primozich edging past two other candidates to capture second place.

The winner of the runoff will replace Kathy George as county commissioner. George has completed the maximum three terms allowed under county ordinance.

Peralta jumped out to a large lead in the five-way race and held steady through the night’s returns, ending with 32.9 percent of the vote.

Peralta touts public policy credentials

For county commissioner candidate Sal Peralta, it’s all about protecting people and their way of life through public policy, a goal he has been passionate about since junior high school.

While his peers pursued other interests, Peralta read transcripts of legislative hearings and studied constitutional provisions. He said those early studies sparked a lifelong passion for using public policy as a means to respond to the needs of citizens and communities.