Mallams files for 2016 election
Commissioner faces recall petition, 3 other candidates.
official. Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams is running for
a second term.
Mallams had previously stated he planned to run, but Monday he
officially filed his candidacy for the 2016 election.
“I just want people to know what my intentions are,” the
chairman of the county board of commissioners said Tuesday. “I
enjoy it. Even with all the controversy and contention, it’s
Mallams faces challenges heading into the 2016 May primary,
including a recall petition against him. Last week recall
petitioners Ilo and Melissa Ferroggiaro said they’d gathered
about 1,200 signatures of the 3,426 required by the Dec. 21
deadline to make a recall election happen.
No recall concerns
Mallams said he is not concerned with the recall, saying, “if it
happens, it happens.” He believes all the publicity, good or
bad, could help his campaign.
“I think it’s helping. It’s bringing more awareness. I’m always
glad to see more awareness, whether it’s positive or negative,”
he said. “It gets people involved. It gets them asking
If the recall petition and election were successful, Mallams
could still run for his seat in 2016, according to the Klamath
County Clerk’s Office.
Mallams also enters the race for the seat he currently holds
facing three other candidates: Lyncho Ruiz, James Williamson and
“It’s good that people want to step up and be a part of the
process,” Mallams said of the other candidates. “You need to
have that competition. That’s always a good thing.”
Mallams said he always intended to run again.
He was elected in 2012 and his term runs through the end of
2016. Mallams’ first election was a partisan race, where he ran
as a Republican. (He marked Republican on his official filing
papers for the 2016 election.)
Now the county commissioner positions are non-partisan. The
candidate primary is in May. If one candidate earns 50 percent
of the vote plus one, he wins the seat. Otherwise the top two
vote-getters face off in the November 2016 election.
Along with his own commitment to a second term, Mallams said
supporters have encouraged him to run again.
“I had so many people calling me and stopping and telling me and
harassing me,” he said, “‘Are you going to run? Please run.’”
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