DeBoie files to run against incumbent assessor Fregulia

<p>DeBoie and Fregulia</p>

Dan DeBoie of Joseph, a former Wallowa County commissioner, is challenging incumbent Gay Fregulia for the non-partisan position of Wallowa County Assessor.

If one of the two candidates receives over 50 percent of the vote, that person will automatically be elected in the May primary and the two candidates’ names will not appear on the general election ballot in November, according to Wallowa County Clerk Dana Roberts.

Fregulia, of rural Enterprise, has been county assessor since 1999, when she was appointed after the resignation of then-assessor Scot Langton. He is now Deschutes County assessor.

Fregulia, who moved with her husband John to Wallowa County to ranch in 1969, started working in the assessor’s office in 1993.

She said this is the first election in which she has faced opposition.

Dan DeBoie served on the county board of commissioners for eight years through 2010 and was also a member of the Joseph School District Board for almost a dozen years. He is a native of Wallowa County and a 1968 graduate of Joseph High School, with a bachelor of science degree in animal science from Oregon State University.

DeBoie’s father, the senior Dan DeBoie, also of Joseph, is a former Wallowa County assessor.

The deadline to file candidacies for county positions was 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 6.

As of press time Tuesday afternoon, the only primary races with more than one candidate are for assessor and Wallowa County Sheriff.

Richard Bobbitt, Steve Rogers and Donnie Rynearson all filed earlier as candidates for sheriff.

Incumbents Mike Hayward and Susan Roberts have both filed as Republicans to retain their seats on the Wallowa County Board of Commissioners, with no opposition as of press time.

Incumbent Wallowa County Treasurer Shonelle Dutcher-Pryse is also running unopposed for re-election.

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