Huck for county surveyor; Richardson in the 4th District

The office of county surveyor rarely draws public attention, and few voters know much about it unless they have had to sort out a boundary dispute. Yet voters will be asked to choose between two professional surveyors in the May 20 primary.

Darrell Huck and Kerry Bradshaw are both highly qualified for the position. Huck is our choice because he promises to devote all of his time to the county job.

Both men are licensed land surveyors — a prerequisite for the position — with decades of experience in Southern Oregon. Huck, 62, works for Hoffbuhr and Associates. Bradshaw, 58, owns Timberline Land Surveying.

The county surveyor is reponsible for maintaining records of all land surveys done in the county, and inspecting the work of private and municipal surveyors for accuracy and compliance with the law. The surveyor and his staff assist the public in researching property surveys and advise county residents seeking to resolve boundary disputes involving their property.

Both Huck and Bradshaw are personable, knowledgeable and motivated by a desire to serve the community. The major difference between the two is the Huck plans to leave his job in the private sector and devote his full time and energy to the county position. Bradshaw says he will continue to operate his private surveying business to avoid putting his employees out of work.

While that's admirable, it's less than a full-time commitment.

Huck is offering his services unencumbered by other obligations. We think voters should take him up on it.

Republican voters in the May primary will see two names on the ballot for state representative in the 4th District, representing Central Point, western Jackson County and part of Josephine County.

Dennis Richardson, the incumbent, is a Central Point attorney seeking his fourth term in the House. He has proved to be a hardworking legislator, specializing in health care issues. A fiscal and social conservative, he represents his district well.

Richardson's primary opponent is Ron Schutz of Grants Pass, a retired highway supervisor for the California Department of Transportation. He has been active in Grants Pass civic affairs, serving as vice chairman of the city's Urban Tree Committee and running unsuccessfully for the City Council.

He says the state should do more to help financially struggling counties such as Josephine, but is less than clear on where state government should find the money to do that.

Schutz is well-intentioned but ill-prepared to serve as a state legislator. He should get more experience at the local government level before setting his sights on Salem.

We recommend Republican voters in the 4th District nominate Richardson for another term.

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