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Ballots go out in mail Oct. 19

   If you haven't yet registered to vote in the November election, the last day to register is Tuesday, Oct. 16.
   Ballots for the Nov. 6 election are tentatively scheduled to go out to Jefferson County voters on Friday, Oct. 19, according to chief deputy clerk Lynn Weisen.
   Besides voting for president, county voters will make decisions on a variety of statewide measures and candidates, local councils and boards, and the Madras Aquatic Center five-year operation local option tax.
   On the national level, voters may give the nod to President Barack Obama, a Democrat, Republican Mitt Romney, or candidates from the Pacific Green, Progressive, Libertarian or Constitution parties.
   U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, a Republican from the 2nd District, is challenged by Democrat Joyce Segers and Libertarian Joe Tabor.
   Democrat Kate Brown, Oregon secretary of state since 2009, will be challenged by Republican Knute Buehler, and three others.
   State Treasurer Ted Wheeler, a Democrat, will face challenger Tom Cox, a Republican, and three others.
   Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, a Democrat appointed earlier this year to replace John Kroger, will face Republican candidate James Buchal and two others.
   State Sen. Ted Ferrioli is unopposed, and State Rep. John Huffman, a Republican, will seek re-election against Democrat Gary Ollerenshaw.
   Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian will face challenger Bruce Starr.
   Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Richard C. Baldwin and Portland attorney Nena Cook will vie for an open position on the Oregon Supreme Court, while Linn County Circuit Court Judge James C. Egan and Portland attorney Tim Volpert will seek an open seat on the Oregon Court of Appeals.
   Madras Mayor Melanie Widmer and Culver Mayor Shawna Clanton are unopposed in their bids for re-election, while William Reynolds Jr. is unopposed for the position of Metolius mayor. All other local positions are also unopposed.
   The only local question on the ballot is whether or not the Madras Aquatic Center Special District should impose a 40 cent per $1,000 assessed value operating tax levy, beginning in 2013 and concluding in 2018.
   The tax would provide additional operating funds for the district, to allow the aquatic center to remain open 12 months a year, and to expand the district's ability to provide community recreation events and programming.
   Nine statewide measures appear on the ballot, Measures 77 through 85, which are as follows:
   Measure 77: