Nicholson makes it nine for county commissioner
- Shelby Case
- Central Oregonian - News
A county employee with 34 years of experience in construction, management and maintenance has joined those running for Crook County commissioner.
>Crook County maintenance employee Frank Nicholson joins the list of candidates
Frank Nicholson announced his candidacy and filed his papers on Tuesday, March 11, and he believes the county's survival depends on "going back to basics."
The Republican said that as Crook County citizens, "we need to remember who we are, where we came from and where we live."
"As a Crook County maintenance employee, I am well aware of what needs to be done to take care of what we have and build on that solid base to move forward," the candidate said.
"I believe the county needs some fresh, new perspectives, some fresh, new outlooks," Nicholson said.
On Thursday, he had a round table session with all of the other candidates in a meeting hosted by a Bend television station.
"This county needs a fresh, new outlook. I talked about the county needing fresh, new money," he added. "That's my platform. I want to see something for the young people of this county."
He added that the youth are "telling me they have nothing."
"It's the same thing I told all of the other candidates," he said. "They asked me, why me, why now? I want Prineville to get back to the basics and remember where we came from, where we are and where we're going."
"Just today we dealt with a lot of issues, some of them I knew nothing about, coming from some of those sitting around the table," he said, adding that like many counties "we are in a money crunch."
"When I talk about money, we need the citizens' involvement. We need the county's involvement. We need the city's involvement," he continued. "There are money problems. I believe we need to put it out to our citizens and together we can go from there."
Nicholson was born in Wyoming, and raised almost his entire life in Oregon. In 1964, he finished his sophomore year of high school at Albany Union High School and "finished my education in the Marine Corps."
Nicholson is proud of his 11 years in Civil Service. He also served from 1965 to 1969 in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Vietnam War and is also proud of his decade of public service leadership in building community infrastructure abroad.
He began working for the Civil Service in 1976 and ended in 1993.
"My main job title was in maintenance," Nicholson said. "I worked in heavy equipment maintenance, building maintenance. I was blue collar and also in management."
Working on the Baja Peninsula of Mexico, he helped build infrastructure, including "medical centers, rehabilitation, drug and alcohol centers for men and centers for battered women and children." He started in 1990, moving to Mexico in 1997 and staying there for seven years.
Nicholson attended Portland Community College from 1974 to 1976, graduating with an associate's degree in heavy equipment and maintenance. He earned another associate's degree in electronics from the Sierra High Tech College in Sacramento, attending college there from 1993 to 1995.
Among the skills he said he would bring to the position are being skilled at customer relations and problem solving.
"Like the old clock on the courthouse in Prineville, I will work hard and stay faithful to the citizens who elect me for Crook County commissioner," Nicholson concluded.