Benton County Commissioner Nancy V. Wyse Seeks Second Term

County Commissioner Nancy V. Wyse filed paperwork today to run for a second term. She is a longtime Benton County resident and prior Corvallis City Councilor.  

Her announcement was anticipated, she is heavily favored to win both the Democratic primary next May, and then the general election in November. 

“I am excited to run for re-election and to continue the momentum I’ve built during my time as a Commissioner,” said Wyse. 

Wyse says she takes pride in serving the people of Benton County. “My mission is simple; to serve the community members of Benton County. I keep the potential impacts to people central to my decision making. What impacts will a decision have on the people of Benton County?  What impact will a decision have on county staff? How can the county strengthen our operational foundation to better serve the community?” 

Wyse says some of the work that has been most meaningful for her includes involvement with local and regional economic development, the HOPE Advisory Board, joint Board of Commission and Planning Commission projects, and advocacy for increased government transparency and public access.   

Wyse also acknowledges there have been challenges along the way. “I took office during the thick of the COVID-19 shut down. The world was in the midst of a pandemic, and in addition to the day-to-day work, the county had an enormous lift managing health and emergency management aspects. Many projects were delayed and tough decisions had to be made. Over the past year or so we’ve started to get back on track, and those efforts will need to continue for the next few years.” 

Some other memorable activities during Wyse’s tenure include appointing a new sheriff, determining the best uses of American Rescue Plan Act dollars, working with the city of Adair Village to expand their Urban Growth Boundary to increase needed housing, traveling to Washington DC to lobby the federal delegation, and building relationships in every corner of the county.   

Wyse’s current committee portfolio is considerable 

Association of Oregon Counties Governance, Revenue, and Veterans Steering Committee, Natural Resources Steering Committee, and Council of Forest Trust Lands Counties Subcommittee; Community Services Consortium Governing Board; Home, Opportunity, Planning & Equity (HOPE) Advisory Board member and Executive Committee member; Oregon Cascades West Economic Development District Executive Committee; Southern Willamette Valley Groundwater Management Area; Southern Valley Regional Solutions Advisory Committee; Local Officials Advisory Committee, chair; Benton County Budget Committee, vice chair. 

  • Liaison positions to: Corvallis-Benton County Economic Development Coalition and Economic Vitality Partnership; Corvallis-Benton County Library Advisory Board; Philomath Chamber of Commerce; Historic Courthouse Advisory Committee; cities of Adair Village, Monroe, and Philomath.

Wyse said she wants encourage people to contact her, either by email at or at 

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