Republican Candidates in HD 23 to Debate in Polk County

Rickreall, Ore – Gator’s Radio Experience and 1430AM  KYKN together with the Polk County Republicans are hosting a candidate debate between incumbent House District 23 Representative Mike Nearman and challenger Beth Jones.

The debate will be held at the Polk County Fairgrounds in Rickreall on Sunday, April 24 from 6 PM – 8 PM. The event is free and open to the public.

This is the second time that Dallas resident Beth Jones has challenged Mike Nearman for the HD 23 seat. In 2014, Ms. Jones entered the race as the Independent Party of Oregon candidate only to drop out before the general election.  Both Nearman and Jones are running for the Republican nomination this year.

mike nearmanIncumbent Mike Nearman attained the HD 23 seat in 2014 after a contentious race with former representative Jim Thompson. Nearman, a current Precinct Committee person and former chair of the Polk County Republicans, believes in the Constitution and the rule of law. He is passionate about upholding what is just and right citing a love for politics and policy that has been a driving force all of his life.

beth jonesBeth Jones is an Army wife, mother of two and founder/director of Bambinos, a non-profit that serves low-income families in Polk County. Jones is an advocate for veteran and military families, she believes in caring for others with as little government intervention as possible. Jones served on the Dallas City Council from 2011-2015.

The debate will be moderated by Gator Gaynor, host of the popular drive time talk radio show Gator’s Radio Experience with assistance from show co-host, Denise Quinn Nanke.


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