Man announces intent to run against Tim Freeman

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The race for the 2014 election of a Douglas County commissioner is heating up already, with a Myrtle Creek man announcing his intent to run.

Tim Freeman announced he's giving up his seat in the state legislature to run for the position, and now another candidate has thrown his hat into the ring.

Dale Rogers of Myrtle Creek says for the last two years, he's been serving as a bailiff for Roseburg's municipal court.

Rogers says he has never held an elected office before, but that's not stopping him. "As a bailiff, I think it's made me better able to deal with certain members of society here that might be less fortunate than others," he said.

If elected, Rogers would stand alongside board members Susan Morgan and Doug Robertson.

The elected official would take office in January of 2015 for a four year term.

The seat is being vacated by Joe Laurance, who is retiring at the end of his term.

Rogers says he will file the official paperwork in September.