Four Candidates File for Benton County Board of Commissioners Races

As of the March 10 filing deadline for major party candidates, there are four candidates in the Benton County Commission race. The three member Commission is the governing body for Benton County – voters will choose who occupies two of its positions this year.  

Here are the candidates:  

Xan Augerot, the Democratic incumbent for Position #2, has served since 2017. Augerot was previously the executive director of the Mary’s River Watershed Council and also worked for the Wild Salmon Center and Washington Sea Grant College Program. Her educational background includes a Ph.D. in geography from Oregon State and a Master’s in Marine Policy from the University of Washington. Augerot has served as the vice-chair of the Community Services Consortium and as a board member for a number of local agencies and nonprofits, including the Benton Community Foundation, the Oregon Youth Development Council and the InterCommunity Health Network.  

Tom Cordier, the Republican challenger for Position #2, is a retired ATI Wah-Chang executive. Cordier’s educational background includes an Associate’s in Engineering from Hudson Valley Community College and a Bachelor of Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

Cordier has been the leader of a number of successful initiatives aimed at requiring the City of Albany to get voter approval before taking on new debt.  

Nancy V. Wyse, the Democratic candidate for Position #3, is the current vice-president of the Corvallis City Council. Wyse has previously worked as an administrative analyst, resident manager, and an independent sales consultant. Wyse has a Bachelor’s in General Science from OSU. Wyse serves as the councilor for Ward 6 on the Corvallis City Council and serves on a number of committees including the Benton County Planning Committee, the Corvallis Budget Commission and the Corvallis Urban Renewal Agency.  

John E. Sarna, the Republican candidate for Position #3, is a retired engineer and has previously served on the Benton County Environmental Advisory Committee. Sarna has a doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. Sarna worked as a water resources engineer for the State of California for more than 25 years, and previously worked as a systems engineer for Motorola. Sarna also served in the U.S. Army.   

Democrats have held all three Commission positions since 2000, and all candidates are running unopposed in their parties’ primary. The general election will take place on November 3.  

Unaffiliated and minor party candidates can still file starting on June 3. The last day they can file is August 25.  

By Kevin Davenport-Rackham