Benton County Sheriff

If three or more candidates file for the office of Sheriff, this contest will appear on the May 15, 2018 Primary Election ballot. If any candidate receives a majority of votes cast (50% plus one vote), that candidate alone is nominated and will appear on the November 6, 2018 General Election ballot. If no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast in the May 15, 2018 Primary Election, the top two vote getters will move on to appear as candidates on the November 6, 2018 General Election ballot. If two or fewer candidates file for the office of Sheriff, the race will appear only on the November 6, 2018 General Election ballot.

Requirements for the office of Sheriff:

  • Must be a citizen of the United States at the time of taking office and thereafter, for the length of time in office;
  • Must be a resident of the state of Oregon for at least one year prior to the time of filing for office;
  • Must be a registered voter of Benton County at the time of taking office and thereafter, for the length of time in office;
  • Must be at least 21 years of age at the time of taking office;
  • Must have at least four years of full-time law enforcement experience, or at least two years of post-high school education at the time of filing for office;
  • Must have no criminal convictions which would keep the person from being certified at the time of filing for office and thereafter, for the length of time in office; and
  • Must have a written determination of eligibility from the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training at the time of filing for election or re-election, file it with the Director of Records and Elections/Elections Division of Benton County no later than the time of filing, and maintain it thereafter, for the length of time in office. To contact Department of Public Safety Standards and Training DPSST, please call 503-378-2100.

Filing Resources for the 2018 Sheriff’s Race

First Day to File: September 7, 2017
Last Day to File: March 6, 2018

If filing by fee form SEL 101 Candidate Filing - Major Political Party or Nonpartisan and $50 are required.

If filing by petition form SEL 101 Candidate Filing - Major Political Party or Nonpartisanform SEL 121 Candidate Signature Sheet - Nonpartisan, SEL 338 Petition Submission - Candidate, Voters' Pamphlet and 371 valid signatures are required. Please have all signatures into the Elections office by February 27, 2018 to allow for adequate processing time before the March 6, 2018 filing deadline. 

Additional information regarding filing for office can be found in the Candidate's Manual and Campaign Finance both are published by the Secretary of State.

County Voters' Pamphlet

First, determine if there will be a County Voters' Pamphlet produced for this election. Inclusion in the County Voters' Pamphlet is optional with a fee. Please refer to the County Voters' Pamphlet  page for instructions, deadlines and fees.