“I have always enjoyed what I do so much in my ability to be there for people and help them out in the field, but I never wanted to be in that supervisory position where my hands are a little more tied and I can’t help them that much, ”Raymond said. “But… as sheriff, I have to direct the deputies on how to take care of this position.”
When Raymond announced his race, he chose deputy Travis Boshart to be his running mate. Even though the role of Deputy Sheriff is not elected and instead is appointed by the current Sheriff, Raymond essentially promises that he would make Boshart the new Deputy Sheriff if elected.
Local Sheriff Elections
Historically, the post of sheriff was given to the Deputy Sheriff after the retirement of the sheriff in office. Either the senior officer retires early, as Bruce Riley did in 2018 when Yon took over, or they end their tenure and then decide not to run. As a rule, the Deputy Sheriff then runs unopposed for the Sheriff’s next term.
The last time there was a competition for the position was in the primary elections on May 16, 2006. In that race, outgoing Sheriff Tim Mueller had challenges from Michael Spasaro and Keith Leopard. In Benton County, the last contested race – on the ballot, a crucial distinction to keep in mind – was clear in November 1978.
At that time, the sheriff was a partisan office unlike the non-partisan race he is now thanks to a 1995 revision of Oregon election laws. In 1978 incumbent Republican John Dolan was challenged by Democrat Paul Branham and the Republican emerged triumphant.