Race for Jackson County Commissioner

, Written by Kassi Nelson, Posted: Tue, May 20 2014 at 5:08 PM, Updated: Wed, May 21 2014 at 3:53 PM

Update (11:30pm 05/20) Joel Ockunzzi is trailing Colleen Roberts with 47 percent of the votes. Roberts comes in with nearly 53 percent. Rick Dyer came in with a little over 88 percent of votes.  

Roberts said she couldn't be more excited about the initial numbers.

"This is not a one man show. Everybody helped with their talent, and their time, and their money and just made this happen and I'm so grateful," Roberts said.

Medford, Ore.(5:08pm) -- The Jackson County Board of Commissioners will have two new faces next year. 

The two republican candidates vying for Jackson County Commissioner Position Three are Joel Ockunzzi and Colleen Roberts. Both are running with years of private business experience.

Ockunzzi is a local business owner, real estate broker, and has been a member of the Jackson County Planning Commission for seven years.

"I bring a skill set that includes interpersonal skills that helps bring people and ideas together, formulates good solutions, we've got a lot of issues in front of us and I'm ready to get to work," Ockunzzi said.

Ockunzzi is a strong proponent for enterprise zones. He hopes to provide tax relief to help businesses expand and move to the area.

Roberts owns Sensational Sweets Bakery in Eagle Point and serves on the Prospect School District 59 Budget Committee.

"I have a lot of experience both academically and personally of balancing budgets, reading financial statements, and being accountable to the customer and the county needs to be accountable to the citizens of Jackson County," said Roberts.

Roberts wants more government transparency and will welcome citizen involvement.

The two republicans running for Jackson County Commissioner Position One are Rick Dyer and Henry Marlowe Jr.

Dyer has lived in Southern Oregon for nearly 40 years. His background includes 25 years of running and owning local businesses. He said he hopes to help create jobs and economic growth in the county.

"I hope to do that by bringing people together in a cooperative and collaborative effort," Dyer said. "So a lot of smart people get together and do things that maybe two or three can't do on their own. I don't think that's been done to much success so far here."

Dyer is running against Central Point resident Henry Marlowe Jr. Marlowe did not present any information for the Jackson County voter's pamphlet. Calls to his home went unanswered.

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Kassi Nelson

NBC5 News reporter Kassi Nelson was born and raised in Nebraska. She graduated from the journalism school at University of Nebraska Lincoln where she studied broadcasting.

She also studied philosophy in the Czech Republic. Kassi has visited nine other countries including Sochi, Russia, where she reported on the preparations for the 2014 Olympic Games.

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