21. July 2022 · Comments Off on Badger Club – Debate Benton County Commissioner District 2 · Categories: Recent Events


DEBATE: Benton County Commission 
Position 2

This election year will bring a new face to the Benton County Board of Commissioners, the three-member group that directs county policies from road repair to zoning to mental health care.

Incumbent Shon Small, who has served three consecutive terms, chose not to seek reelection based on his philosophy about term limits. Three will face off in the Aug. 2 primary to see which two will go to the November election in his place.

To give voters a look at the candidates and their positions, the nonpartisan Columbia Basin Badger Club will provide an online Zoom forum beginning at noon July 21 featuring this race for the Benton Commission District 2 seat. Those who attend will be able to pose questions to the candidates.

The three candidates vying for the position, all Republicans, are Richland Mayor Michael Alvarez, former 16th District State Rep. Bill Jenkin, and Benton PUD Commissioner Barry Bush. All three were invited to participate in this Badger Club forum, but Bush declined multiple invitations. The club, which does not take political positions, decided to proceed with Alvarez and Jenkin.

REGISTER FOR BADGER FORUM: Candidates for Benton County Commissioner

COMING AUGUST 18: Former Pasco Mayor Matt Watkins spent more than a year traveling the world. His adventures–and misadventures–included volunteering on the Poland/Ukraine border helping refugees. Matt will share his story with the Badger Club, complete with lots of pictures. More on our Home Page.

UPDATED REGISTRATION: Please note that we have upgraded our registration procedure. No need to register on Zoom after you register on our website. Your confirmation email from the Badger Club will contain the link to join the webinar. You will also receive reminder emails from the Badger Club.