A closer look at the Board of Commissioners candidates

John Beatty

Age: 36

Residence: Central Point

Occupation: Information technology specialist for Jackson County

Education: Computer science classes, Southern Oregon State College

Experience: No prior government experience

Jeff Scroggin

Age: 30

Residence: Talent

Occupation: Legislative aide/chief of staff, Oregon Senate District 3

Education: Bachelor's degree in history, University of Oregon

Experience: Legislative aide for Sen. Alan Bates

Mark Soderstrom

Age: 55

Residence: Phoenix

Occupation: Investment partner, Peach Street Properties

Education: Computer science and business administration, Southern Oregon University; business administration, University of Oregon; French, UniversitÃ&Copy; de Poitiers, France

Experience: Member, Medford Planning Commission

Doug Breidenthal

Age: 42

Residence: Medford

Occupation: Assistant chief of operations, Kingsley Field Fire Department, Oregon Military Department

Education: Fire science and paramedic emergency medicine, Rogue Community College; fire science, Central Oregon Community College; Oregon Institute of Technology; public administration, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

Experience: Chairman, Jackson County Republican Party, Madrone Trail Public Charter School board, Oregon Republican Party Legislative Committee

Kay Harrison

Age: 59

Residence: Central Point

Occupation: Sales consultant, Harry & David

Education: Two years, San Jose Christian College

Experience: Central Point City Council, 11 years; member of Rogue Valley Sewer Services board, Jackson County Road Commission and Rogue Valley Metropolitan Planning Public Advisory Committee; past board member of Rogue Valley Transportation District.

Joel Ockunzzi

Age: 61

Residence: White City

Occupation: Real estate broker

Education: Sales management and marketing strategy, Darden Graduate School, University of Virginia; human resource management, Penn State University

Experience: Member, Jackson County Planning Commission and Jackson County Committee for Citizen Involvement

Colleen Roberts

Age: 55

Residence: Prospect

Occupation: Owner, Sensational Sweets Inc. bakery

Education: Master's in business administration, Walden University; bachelor's in business, University of Phoenix

Experience: Precinct committee person for Precinct 23; Prospect School District budget committee member

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