Commissioner candidates sound off at forum

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Four of the six candidates for Douglas County commissioner spoke at a candidate forum held by the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce Monday afternoon.

Tim Freeman, Mick Fummerton, Monte Smith and Mark Vincent all took part in Monday's candidate forum.

According to the chamber, Monte Muirhead and Dale Rogers declined to attend.

KPIC news gave each candidate a few seconds before the meeting to say what issues they planned to tackle as county commissioner.

Tim Freeman said it was all about timber. "The timber management issue is a very big issue, and I've worked on that issue as a state legislature, and I would continue to work on managing our natural resources as a county commissioner," he said,

Mark Vincent says he wants to focus on jobs. "Jobs has to be everybody's primary concern in this economy here in Douglas County, so yes, that is a primary concern," he said.

Mick Fummerton has an interest with land issues. "I like all the departments, I know a lot of people that work in all the departments, but I have a passion for the land department," he said.

Monte Smith says he wants to, like Freeman, work on timber issues. "I'm looking for an opportunity to work with the community to come to some kind of common ground with our timber issues," he said.

Douglas County's primary election will be May 20.