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Kim Brady will challenge incumbent Janet Carlson for Marion County commissioner.
Brady has filed for Position 2 against Carlson, a Republican from Salem who has been a commissioner 12 years, in the May 20 primary.
“It is a different challenge” than if she had sought the other commissioner position up for election, Brady said today. That position has no incumbent.
Brady, who just turned 47, is a claims auditor for SAIF Corp., the quasi-public corporation that is the largest provider of workers’ compensation insurance in Oregon. She has held management positions in the private and public sector.
In a statement, she said: “It is time for principled people to get off the sidelines and make a difference in their communities. I want to make sure the community I leave for my daughter is one that provides all of our young people the opportunities needed to achieve successful lives. Just as I was called to serve my country, I am now called to serve my community.”
She grew up on a small farm near Aumsville and went to Salem Academy High School, which her daughter now attends and where Brady is a band booster.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1990 from Portland State University.
She was in the Army from 1991 to 1995, during which she was deployed to Mogadishu, Somalia, during Operation Restore Hope.