Harney County Commissioner, Mark Owens, will represent Malheur County in the House

Owens, who has been a county commissioner since 2016, will represent House District 60 which includes Baker, Grant, Harney and Malheur counties in addition to parts of Lake County.

The Enterprise
January 21, 2020

ONTARIO – County commissioners chose Republican Mark Owens on Tuesday, Jan. 21, to serve as the next state representative for House District 60, filling the vacancy left by Sen. Lynn Findley, R-Vale.

Malheur County now will be represented in the House by Owens, a Harney County commissioner, farmer, and small business owner.

Owens has been on the Harney County Commission since 2016.

“I am thankful and humbled today to have been appointed to serve as the next state representative for House District 60,” Owens said. “I look forward to serving the communities and being a voice for eastern Oregon in Salem.”

The district includes Baker, Grant, Harney and Malheur counties in addition to parts of Lake County.

“At the state level, there is a lot of work to be done to protect our way of life in eastern Oregon and to provide a better path for future generations of Oregonians,” Owens said. “We need to make sustainable natural resources a top priority. Our kids deserve stronger schools and greater opportunities for their career paths. Families need financial stability instead of living paycheck to paycheck and having to worry about the next tax increase coming our way from Salem.”

“Most importantly, my top priority and my number one job will be to listen, learn and represent the constituents in eastern Oregon,” Owens added.

Due to be sworn in later this month, Owens will serve in the short legislative session beginning Monday, Feb. 3.

Mark Owens Appointed as Oregon State Representative in House District 60

For Immediate Release
January 21, 2020

Ontario, Ore—Today, Republican Mark Owens was selected unanimously by County Commissioners as the next state representative for House District 60. The position was left vacant after Senator Lynn Findley resigned and was appointed to the Oregon State Senate on January 6.

“I am thankful and humbled today to have been appointed to serve as the next state representative for House District 60,” said Owens. “I look forward to serving the communities and being a voice for eastern Oregon in Salem.”

Owens, a Harney County Commissioner, farmer and small business owner, and Crane School Board Chair, filed to run for the seat on November 4, 2019.

“At the state level, there is a lot of work to be done to protect our way of life in eastern Oregon and to provide a better path for future generations of Oregonians,” Owens said. “We need to make sustainable natural resources a top priority. Our kids deserve stronger schools and greater opportunities for their career paths. Families need financial stability instead of living paycheck to paycheck and having to worry about the next tax increase coming our way from Salem.”

“Most importantly, my top priority and my number one job will be to listen, learn and represent the constituents in eastern Oregon.”

House District 60 encompasses all of Baker, Grant, Harney and Malheur counties as well as portions of Lake County. Owens will be sworn in later this month and will serve in the short legislative session that begins on Monday, February 3.

To find out more about representative-designate Mark Owens, visit www.MarkOwensForOregon.com or email mark@markowensfororegon.com.

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Crane man runs for House District 60 seat

January 15, 2020 | By Larry Meyer | The Argus Observer

ONTARIO — Republican Precinct Committee members in five counties will meet at Treasure Valley Community College at 1 p.m. Saturday to nominate three people as candidates to replace Lynn Findley in Oregon House District 60. The district includes the counties of Malheur, Harney, Grant, Baker and part of Lake.

Those nominations will be considered for the final selection for the post which will be appointed by governing boards from the five counties during a special meeting on Tuesday at TVCC.

This is necessitated by the appointment of Findley to Senate District 30 on Jan. 6 to replace Cliff Bentz, who resigned early to run for the U.S. House under a similar process.

The only announced candidate for state House District 60 is Mark Owens, a Harney County Commissioner. Owens farms near Crane and is on the Crane School Board, where his wife is a teacher.

Owens has also filed to run for the Republican nomination for the position in the May Primary.

During a meet-and-greet over the weekend at the Plaza Inn in Ontario, Owens said he had served on the County Planning Commission and is active in the Eastern Oregon Counties Association which, he says, gives counties on this side of the state a bigger voice.

He is chairman of the ground water study advisory committees, co-chairman of the Natural Resources Committee, and shares chairman duties on the federal land management subcommittee of the Association of Oregon Counties. He is also involved with the National Association Counties.

Much of his focus will be on protecting agriculture and natural resources, he said, as well as business.

“Business needs to be treated fairly,” he added.

Commenting on an education issue, Owens said he is OK with charter schools, but in his opinion but they should not be for for-profit.

On other issues, Owens said there has to be flexibility in land use laws and regulations, that there needs to an exemption for farmers from the gross receipts tax to allow them to survive.

Rep. Lynn Findley appointed to Oregon Senate

County commissioners from across Eastern Oregon picked Rep. Lynn Findley, R-Vale, on Monday to replace Sen. Cliff Bentz, an Ontario Republican and longtime lawmaker who resigned before his term was up to run for Congress.

Findley’s step up to the Senate means commissioners from the five counties in his current House district will need to appoint a replacement. They’ll choose from among three to five nominees recommended by Republican precinct committee people in the district. No date has been set for that vote.

Findley, a former Vale city manager who worked for the Bureau of Land Management for three decades, is the only Republican yet to have filed to run for the Senate seat in the November 2020 election.

Mark Owens, a Republican, hay farmer and Harney County commissioner, has filed to run for Findley’s House seat this year.

Bentz is running against former Republican gubernatorial nominee Knute Buehler and some lesser-known Republicans to replace Greg Walden in the U.S. House of Representatives.