Court Boice Will Replace Brock-Smith as Oregon District 1 State Representative | Wild Rivers Outpost
Jessica Cejnar Andrews / Today at 1:19 p.m. / Oregon
Court Boice will replace Brock-Smith as state representative for Oregon’s District 1
Curry County Commissioner Court Boice will travel to Salem as a representative of Oregon’s State District 1.
Boice is replacing new District 1 Senator David Brock-Smith in the state House of Representatives after most of his peers from Coos, Curry and Douglas counties voted in favor of his appointment on Thursday.
Coos County Commissioner Rod Taylor disagreed, saying he would have preferred Denesa Rains of Myrtle Point to represent District 1.
Although he received enough majority that a vote was not necessary, Boice said he abstained from voting. According to Coos County Commissioner Bob Main, who chaired the meeting, the Oregon Secretary of State had not responded as to whether Boice could vote for Brock-Smith’s successor, even though he was one of the candidates.
The State Representative District 1 position must be filled no later than February 16, according to the Oregon Secretary of State. Boice was the Oregon Republican Party’s first choice of four candidates for the vacant State Representative District 1 seat.
The other four candidates included former Curry County Emergency Medical Services Superintendent Jeremy Dumire, former Gold Beach Mayor Karl Popoff, and Rains, who said she’s owned multiple businesses and run a “home school” during the COVID-19 pandemic -Cooperative” founded.
Boice travels to the Oregon capital after a failed attempt to run as a Republican for governor in the 2022 primary.
As Boice brought his case before commissioners from the three districts, he rattled off a list of people who supported his appointment, including 2022 GOP gubernatorial nomination Chistine Drazan, former state senator Dallas Heard and District 2 state representative Virgle Osborne.
Boice also cited his own career, which has included serving as an Oregon legislature, serving with the Coos Curry Douglas Business Development Corporation, and representing Jackson, Josephine, Coos, Curry, and Douglas counties as part of the Association of Oregon Counties.
He also commended each county commissioner, including his own Curry County counterparts, John Herzog and Brad Alcorn.
“I learned from you all,” he said. “My wife Britt and I are coming as a team. No one will surpass us and no one will care anymore. We believe in the same things you believe in.”
During the meeting, Coos County Commissioner John Sweet asked each candidate how they prepared for the state representative job, noting that he would be taking on the role in the middle of a legislative session.
Boice said he visited Salem about a week ago and attended a meeting of the Natural Resources and Land Use Committee. He said he was welcomed by the committee chair and vice chairs, Democrat Ken Helms and Republican Mark Owens.
“I know Salem well,” Boice said to Sweet. “I spent a lot of time up there for the county (and) as a legislative assistant. I have spent some time in the governor’s office – most governors – not normally on really friendly terms there, but I plan to do so considerably in the future. They’ll be like, ‘Oh no, there he comes again, that Coos Curry Douglas guy.’ So we will be prepared.”
After interviewing each of the candidates, Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman said he was a state representative when Boice was a legislative assistant. Freeman said he also worked with Boice as county commissioner and through the Association of Oregon Counties board of directors as secretary, treasurer and president.
“Court has been a part of this group all along and a huge supporter of mine,” Freeman said. “I know Court better and feel more comfortable (with him).”
On January 13, County Commissioners Curry, Coos and Douglas named Brock-Smith to succeed Heard as Senate District 1 representative.
According to Lydia Plukchi, compliance specialist in the Oregon Secretary of State’s office, the Republican Party was able to nominate 3-5 candidates to succeed Brock-Smith because Brock-Smith is a Republican.
If Brock-Smith had been a Democrat, the Democratic Party could have nominated a candidate, Plukchi said outpost on Tuesday.