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.

Peralta testifies on Public Meetings Bill

Sal testified against legislation to dramatically weaken the state's public meetings law during the 2013 legislative session.

The legislation was introduced by members of the Lane County legislative delegation in response to a court decision which found that the Lane County Commissioners had engaged in a pattern of deception with the intent of circumventing the state's Public Meetings law.

Peralta testifies on Consumer Protection bill

During the 2013 legislative session, Sal testified on HB3160(a), a bill to require insurance companies to be included under the state's Unlawful Trade Practices Act.

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Malfeasance by actors within the insurance industry may be rare. If it is as rare as opponents of this legislation claim, then this legislation will not be a significant driver of costs. But there are times when consumers are legitimately harmed. When that happens, those who have been victimized deserve legitimate recourse.

ODOT identifies major problems with long-term transportation funding

The Oregon Department of Transportation has identified significant problems with state transportation funding, ranging from a decrease in federal monies for transportation infrastructure projects; loss of ARRA funding; the failure of Oregon's transportation tax to meet revenue projections; increased debt service costs; increases in construction costs; and a lack of dedicated funding for non-highway modes of transportation.