2018 Endorsements & Supporters
State Representative (HD 55) Mike McLane
State Representative (HD 53) Gene Whisnant
State Senator (District 27) Tim Knopp
Jefferson County Commissioner Mike Ahern
La Pine Mayor Dennis Scott
La Pine City Councilor Connie Briese
La Pine City Councilor Donald Greiner
The Bend Bulletin
The Source Weekly
Organization Campaign Contributors:
Central Oregon Association of Realtors PAC
Central Oregon Small Business PAC
As seen in the Bend Bulletin on 5/3/18
Deschutes County Commissioner Tony DeBone is the only person who has my vote. He is simplistic, unencumbered of pretense and has never been driven to make himself something he is not. He is and has always been what we need to represent us, and as long as he is willing to put himself out there to do that, in spite of having to climb that same old hill, laden with people who want to look for every fault they can find or create, he will have me behind him.
Mike McCormick – La Pine
As seen in the Bend Bulletin on 4/30/18
Tony DeBone’s commitment to economic diversity for Deschutes County has resulted in job growth and steady employment conditions these past few years. He knows that success depends on diversifying our economy, so we avoid the boom-and-bust cycles of construction and tourism.
To achieve these goals, Tony has been active in EDCO (Economic Development for Central Oregon) where he has worked with various groups across the political and economic spectrum. Again, consensus has been his strength, and Deschutes County is enjoying a very good economy as a result of his efforts. I have worked with Tony and seen firsthand his hard work and dedication to bringing family-wage jobs and long-term economic health to Central Oregon.
I sincerely urge you to vote YES to re-elect Tony DeBone as Deschutes County Commissioner, Position No. 1.
Troy Reinhart – Bend, Oregon
As seen in the Bend Bulletin on 4/30/18
We are proud to support Tony DeBone for another term as Deschutes County commissioner, and to encourage you to do the same. We have known Tony and his family for close to 14 years, personally and through business.
One of the biggest advantages Tony has is his relatability. He understands the needs we all face because he faces the same issues. Tony is a community member, a property owner, a volunteer, a parent, a small business owner and a farmer. If you fall into one of these categories, you and Tony have things in common and you know he’s working for your best interests.
Tony is an approachable guy. He’s readily available by phone or to meet with any of us, and he is so easy to talk to. We saw him work to resolve an issue we brought to his attention a few years ago. It had been causing difficulties that were felt throughout the area. We’ve got a good thing going with Tony serving as commissioner. He’s done a great job and deserves another term.
Perry and Irene Walters – La Pine
As seen in the Bend Bulletin on 4/26/18
As chairperson for a south county nonprofit agency, I occasionally have the opportunity to interact with the Deschutes County commissioners. Tony DeBone, Tammy Baney and Phil Henderson are doing a good job leading Deschutes County through rapidly changing times. DeBone and Baney are running for election this year with Henderson just into his second year.
All three commissioners have talents we wish most politicians embraced, being approachable, listening to their constituents, gathering and reviewing information and not tap dancing the “politically correct” answer. The candidates running against Tony and Tammy may be good people and they might make good commissioners. If you asked the commissioners and past commissioners, Alan Unger and Dennis Luke, when they felt comfortable in the role as county commissioner, I think their answer would be in their second to third year. Deschutes County is one of the fastest-growing counties in the nation, and the task of integrating new residents and businesses plus managing an efficient government agency falls directly on the county commissioners.
The question each voter might ask themselves, do we break up a proven team by electing possibly qualified candidates without “playing experience” or do we keep the veterans in the lineup who have consistently delivered wins?
My grandfather’s answer, and my answer, “if it ain’t broke, it don’t need fix’n’.” I urge Deschutes County voters to keep the team together by voting for DeBone and Baney.
Monte Dammarell – Sunriver
As seen in the Bend Bulletin on 4/25/18
When I was in high school, I was lucky enough to participate in the La Pine Park and Recreation District’s robotics class, encouraged by then-La Pine Park and Rec board member, Tony DeBone.
Through the years, I’ve continued to appreciate Tony’s commitment to education for Central Oregon youth so that they may stay here after they graduate and pursue family-wage careers while enjoying our wonderful lifestyle/environment. He is working hard to provide affordable housing alternatives so that families can afford to live and work here. The recent ground-breaking ceremony in La Pine is a good example of Tony’s involvement in low-cost housing projects.
Tony is an honest family man who cares deeply for our rural heritage and strives to ensure its economic growth while protecting its ecological importance. As a rural resident of Deschutes County, I urge you to vote YES for Tony DeBone, Deschutes County Commissioner, Position No. 1.
Joshua Henry – La Pine
As seen in the Bend Bulletin on 4/23/18
Since first elected in 2010, Commissioner Tony DeBone has been a strong supporter of sustainable agricultural practices and programs. I met Tony at that time while employed by the Deschutes Soil & Water Conservation District, Tony made an effort to attend our workshops, educational programs and board meetings to further his understanding (and offer support)? of the issues and our commitment to providing landowners resource management based assistance.
As the current chair of the Noxious Weed Advisory Board, I’ve seen Commissioner DeBone “walk the walk” with his commitment to controlling the invasive weeds and educational practices. I admire Tony for his commitment to make time to meet with landowners, and implement follow through on important development and conservation issues that effect all residents in Deschutes County.
Tony DeBone continues to emphasize sustainable agricultural land use for Central Oregon. His policies benefit local farmers and others who are passionate about preserving our rural environment and providing economic stability for land use.
As a small farmer, business owner, educator and volunteer here in Deschutes County, I recommend Tony DeBone for re-election as Deschutes County Commissioner, Position #1.
Spring Alaska Olson
Principal Ecologist/Central Oregon Seed Exchange
As seen in the Bend Bulletin on 4/23/18
Two of Deschutes County’s three commissioners are running for re-election this year, and both face opposition in the May Republican primary election. Tony DeBone, of La Pine, holds the Position 1 seat, while Tammy Baney, of Bend, is the Position 3 seatholder. They’re opposed by Ed Barbeau and Patti Adair, respectively.
The two incumbents, DeBone and Baney, are the better choices to serve the county.
Barbeau, 60, who seeks DeBone’s seat, owns a pizza shop in Tumalo. He ran unsuccessfully for the commission against Baney in the 2010 Republican primary and was an unsuccessful candidate for Bend City Council two years later. He believes county systems development charges are too high, though the county itself levies only a single SDC of a bit over $3,000.
Adair, 66, hopes to oust Baney next month. She lives between Sisters and Redmond and has been a vocal opponent of allowing legal marijuana businesses in the county. She says the marijuana advisory committee created to help county commissioners was stacked against marijuana opponents and wonders if the county’s self-insurance for health care costs too much.
DeBone, 51, and his wife own a small business in La Pine. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electronic technology and robotics and chaired the La Pine Parks and Recreation board. He believes, as does Baney, that the county is a responsible steward of the taxes it receives, pointing out that it currently employs about the same number of people it did 10 years ago. That’s unlikely to change in the next five years, he says, because the county’s bill to the state Public Employees Retirement System will take an ever larger portion of its budget.
Baney, 46, grew up in Bend and attended Central Oregon Community College. She’s been an active community volunteer and brings boundless energy to her commission duties. She’s proud of the county’s spending record, pointing out that it doesn’t start new programs until commissioners are sure its finances will sustain them over time.
She and DeBone agree on the need for more enforcement of marijuana laws in the county. And they are both working hard to correct the frustrating problems with the county’s new digital radio system.
Neither Barbeau nor Adair makes a good enough argument that DeBone or Baney should be replaced. DeBone and Baney have brought to the commission moderate views, plus a willingness to do their homework and to listen to their constituents. They’ve served county residents well and should be allowed to continue to do so.
As seen in the Bend Bulletin on 4/15/18
As a Central Oregon resident and real estate agent for over 21 years, I’ve seen many changes in Deschutes County. Commissioner Tony DeBone is meeting those challenges with passion, vision and hard work.
I first met Tony years ago at a function at Eagle Crest. I found him to be a great listener (even when he disagreed with me!). He’s also kind and works toward consensus in a common-sense fashion. His concern for Deschutes County’s future economic and environmental success is much appreciated.
Tony currently serves as chairman of the board of county commissioners and has been diligent in meeting the needs of the county and its constituents. He is open to all ideas and bases his decision on what is best for the majority. As a former small business owner, Tony knows the value of a dollar and strives to get the most from available resources.
Please vote YES to re-elect Tony DeBone as Deschutes County Commissioner, Position #1
— Bea Leach Hatler
As seen in the Bend Bulletin on 4/14/18
4/6/18 – Thank you Tony for following up and contacting the VA on my behalf. I was able to find out the information I needed in relation to a pension. It is good to know there is someone local to go to bat for us and cut through some of the red tape to get things done. Again, many thanks!
4/4/18 – “Tony is a great asset to the people and businesses of Deschutes County. We’ve known him for many years even before running for public office. Tony has never wavered in his commitment to make our community the best it can be in all areas.
We’ve seen Tony in action first hand, when an issue was brought to his attention. His involvement and leadership resulted in a significant change for the better. Tony knows how to follow-up and get things done.
Most importantly, Tony is a man of integrity. He makes his decisions based on the better good for us all, rather than what is good for a political campaign. We have 100% trust in Tony as our County Commissioner, member of the community, a small business owner and as a friend.”
— Perry Walters Construction, Inc.
4/2/18 – As a person who works with elected officials all over Oregon, I have huge opportunity to observe not only the work and presence of these citizen leaders, I also carefully observe their character. I have watched Tony’s work ever since he started as a volunteer leader in La Pine and through his time as County Commissioner. I also had Tony in an intense leadership development seminar last year. He is a participant, a player, and a leader of the highest character and caliber. I encourage your continued support of him.
As seen in the Bend Bulletin on 4/3/18
Tony DeBone has proven to be a man of his word and a dedicated County Commissioner who bases his decisions on everyone’s needs, not just those of a particular group. This is true especially in the area of land use where competing interests call for measured judgement and fairness to all. As a rural resident, Tony understands the delicate balance needed for land use decisions.
As treasurer of the La Pine Community Kitchen, I can also attest to Tony’s support of local non-profit, charitable organizations. With his business background, he continues to focus on a diverse economy for Deschutes County. He is a fiscal hawk and has succeeded in reducing property taxes in Deschutes County.
Tony has represented ALL of Deschutes County with honesty and a vision that protects our rural environment while building for the future. I recommend Tony DeBone for re- election as Deschutes County Commissioner, Position #1.
— Clyde Evans
3/20/18 – As in past elections we have supported Tony DeBone 100%. He is honest, caring and loves the area. He actually listens to all sides of a concern! Thank you for your service, we are grateful you are willing to run again.
— Jim and Gloria Fleming
Scott and Sue Asla
Jim and Jeanette Beeger
Larry and Connie Briese
William and Lara Chan
Les and Dorlene Fillis
James and Gloria Fleming
Bea and Don Hatler
Bud and Mary Hill
Charles Devin Hill
Bob and Judy Keller
LorriAnn and Rob Landles
Steve and Brenda Lichtenberger
Ken and Vicki Mulenex
Mark and Leslie O’Connell
Spring Alaska Olson
Richie and Barbara Jo Pappas
Steve and Sandy Parnell
Dave and Linda Reid
Pat and Marcia Sanchez
Shane and Patti Starkey
Taryn and Dustin Tennant
Perry and Irene Walters
Lou and Carol Zettel