Four candidates in running for County Commission Seat 3

Scott Bruslind, 61

Residence/Family: Resident of Linn County since 1993; lived in Albany 1993-97, Lacomb 1997-Present. Wife Linda (married in 1993) and three children, all born at home in Lacomb. Daughter teaches elementary school in Milwaukee, Wis. Others attend Oregon State University.

Education: New Milford High School (Conn.) (1977), Upsala College (1982, B.S. chemistry), University of Arizona (1996, master’s degree in agricultural education).

Professional Background/Work Experience: Career as analytical chemist has involved work in Phoenix, Ariz. (cotton field testing); Niagara Falls, N..Y (hazardous waste recycling, Love Canal mitigation); Imperial Valley, Calif. (aquaculture/water quality control); Tucson, Ariz. (copper mining, wastewater monitoring); Albany (formaldehyde production/thermosetting resin for wood products); and for the last 23 years food and beverage testing in his Analysis Labratory in Lacomb. Co-founder, with Matt Cowart, of Conversion Brewing Co., downtown Lebanon (2014-18.)

Political Experience/Affiliations: Board member/vice-chair, Lacomb Irrigation District (2014-present); fourth-generation Democrat. Great-grandfather was mayor of Smethport, Pa.; father was elected selectman of Sherman, Conn.

Other Community Involvement/Affiliations (outside of activities/experience already listed): AYSO Region 870- referee and referee administrator (early to mid-2010); Scouts – Boy Scouts of America Committee Chair- Pack 326, Scio; Scoutmaster Troop 7088; Lebanon (Boys, 2016-18) and 9088 (Girls, 2019-present). Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis board member and current past president.

Contact: (541) 619-9471

Sherrie Sprenger, 55

Residence/Family: Nearly 50-year resident of Linn County, currently in rural Lebanon. Married to husband Kyle (26 years next month); one married son and daughter-in-law, Austin and Corinne; “perfect” grandson Ashton.

Education: Jefferson High School; Corban University (bachelor’s in management and communications.)

Professional Background/Work Experience: Former deputy sheriff, Grant and Benton counties; Small business owner; State representative for nearly 13 years.

Political Experience/Affiliations: District 17 state representative (2010-present); Linn County Compensation Board member; Fair Dismissal Appeals Board member; Lebanon Community School Board (vice chair and member).

Other Community Involvement/Affiliations: OneSweetHome board member; New Hope Pregnancy Center board chair; Sunday school teacher. Contact:

Contact: (541) 979-6337

Gary Sullivan, 69

Residence/Family: 45-year resident of Linn County; lives in Sweet Home. Divorced with three adult daughters; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild and another on the way.

Education: GED; Chemeketa Community College, (associate’s de-gree, applied science); Linn-Benton Community College (associate’s de-grees, arts and general studies).

Professional Background/Work Experience: In Oregon, union lumber mill worker, union journeyman carpenter; small timber lot management/logging.

Political Experience/Affiliations: Politically aware for more than 53 years regarding civil and human rights both domestically and internationally. Member of the Independent Party of Oregon (IPO). 2018 IPO candidate for Linn County Commissioner Position 1.

Other Community Involvement/Affiliations (outside of activities/experience already listed): About 1990, forced Public Utilities Commission by petition to lower local long-distance telephone rates in Linn County from 25 cents to a nickel per minute, saving Linn County residents millions of dollars (his extrapolation).

Contact: (541) 231-4126

Christopher Wade, 46

Residence/Family: Twenty-plus year resident of Linn County; lives in Sweet Home.

Education: Linn-Benton Community College (2009, associate’s degree, general studies), ITT Technical Institute (2015, associate’s degree, network systems administration); Oregon State University (currently pursuing B.S. in management).

Professional Background/Work Experience: Security project manager and business owner.

Political Experience/Affiliations: None.

Other Community Involvement/Affiliations: Civil Air Patrol volunteer for 32 years; involvement in numerous community organizations over the years.