By Scott Hammers

The Bulletin

Seth Crawford made easy work of his competition in the Republican primary for the Crook County Court, handily defeating Prineville City Councilor Jack Seley Tuesday night.

Crawford, 35, was first elected to the court in 2010, knocking off sitting commissioner and former Oregon House Speaker Lynn Lundquist in a three-way Republican primary before defeating Democrat Mike Mohan in the fall.

Seley, 77, moved to Prineville just over a year before he was appointed to the Prineville City Council to fill a vacancy in early 2007. He was re-elected to his position in 2010.

Tuesday, Crawford said he’s made an effort to appear at every community event possible in recent months, and voters have appreciated his accessibility.

“I’m just excited to continue the programs I’ve been working on, and looking to come up with new ones to improve the economy and the quality of life in Crook County,” he said.

Seley did not return a call seeking comment Tuesday.

A late-filing write-in candidate, Michael Shank, will presumably win the Democratic party nomination and face Crawford in November.

Shank filed April 9, too late for his name to be listed on the ballot. The county clerk’s office will tally the write-in votes for the position in the coming days.

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