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Lane County Commissioner Sid Leiken talks about “exploring” a run for governor in 2016.  The Springfield Republican discusses what will influence his decision, and why he wants the job.

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Lane County Commissioner Sid Leiken is exploring a run for Oregon governor. He announced Monday his Political Action Committee has changed its name to "Sid Leiken for Governor".

In a news release, Leiken says Oregon is ready for a fresh start and new leadership. Leiken, a Republican, is looking to the 2016 special election.

Democrat John Kitzhaber resigned amid questions over the role of his fiancé Cylvia Hayes earlier this year. Kate Brown, as Secretary of State, replaced him.

It's been decades since Oregon had a Republican governor.

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Lane County legislators are hoping the federal government moves forward with extending timber payments. The U.S. House is voting this week on a two-year extension of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. The extension isn't a long term solution to the County's budget problems. Lane County Commissioner Sid Leiken thinks county and city municipalities should work together to develop a consistent economic develop message.

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Lane County Commissioners Sid Leiken and Jay Bozievich released a statement Friday afternoon in response to the Oregon State Bar clearing a former administrator of criminal conduct.

The commissioners say Liane Inkster, formerly Liane Richardson, violated county policy by selling more leave time than was allowed and that she lied about it. Inkster was fired last year.

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Liane Richardson, who was fired as Lane County Administrator last year, has been cleared of criminal conduct by the Oregon State Bar. The Bar's conclusions point to knowledge and approval of her actions on the part of two County commissioners.

Richardson, who now goes by Inkster, was fired from her job as Lane County Administrator after it was revealed that she had been converting leave time to take home pay in order to boost her paycheck.

Jay Bozievich and Faye Stewart were not defeated by opponents in the May Primary. They were elected to another 4-year term on the Lane County Board of Commissioners, according to final election results released Friday.

Bozievich beat Dawn Lesley by 75 votes in the West Lane race, so there won't be a run-off in November.

Stewart won the East Lane race over four opponents, avoiding a runoff against top challenger Kevin Matthews by just seven votes.

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The race for the position representing Springfield on the Lane County Board of Commissioners has attracted two challengers for incumbent Sid Leiken. Political newcomer Charmaine Rehg and Springfield City Councilor Sheri Moore are taking on the career politician.

Charmaine Rehg is a licensed practical nurse. The St. Louis native moved to Oregon less than 2½ year ago. She serves on the Willamette Jazz Society Board and is a member of the Washburne Homeowner’s Association. Rehg has never held elected office and explains why she’s running for the Lane County Board of Commissioners.

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The Lane County Board of Commissioners has voted to hire Steve Mokrohisky as the new county administrator. Wednesday the board voted four to one to negotiate the final details of the job offer and contract. Sid Leiken voted against the measure.

Board chair Pat Farr says Mokrohisky brings a wealth of experience and skill to Lane County. He currently serves as Douglas County Manager in Nevada. The 36-year-old beat out four other finalists during interviews with the board.