Jefferson County residents appear to have elected Kelly Simmelink for one of two county commissioner positions in Tuesday’s primary election.

Simmelink, 48, of Madras, held a solid lead over Mary Kendall and Courtney Snead, the two other candidates who ran for the nonpartisan position that will be vacated by Commissioner Mike Ahern, who didn’t file for re-election.

“I am just blessed,” Simmelink said.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the process. I couldn’t imagine losing in my home town, and I am just on top of the world right now.”

Born in Madras, Simmelink graduated from Madras High School in 1987 and attended Mt. Hood Community College.

He started an embroidery and screen printing business called Collegiate USA in 1992. He later sold the company, moved back to Madras in 2005 and opened Identity Zone, also an embroidery and screen printing business.

Simmelink has served on the Jefferson County Kids Club board of directors and in Rotary.

“This was a very good group of people to choose from,” Simmelink said.

“I ran against other strong candidates, and we share the same love for the county. I am just super excited to get to work.”

— Reporter: 541-617-7829, acolosky@bendbulletin.com

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