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Though Philomath in the past has been historically conservative with a strong influence initially from the United Brethren Church who founded Philomath College, in recent years the city has become more liberal, perhaps due in part to the influence of newcomers who work for Oregon State University and local high tech companies. The politics of the residents tend to be reflected in the city's elected leaders and the political representation of the county in general.
Presently Elected Officials
- Sara Gelser, (D) District 16
- Sen. Frank Morse, (R), District 8
Benton County Board of Supervisors
The board meets at 11:30 a.m. the first four Tuesdays of each month, unless otherwise noticed, in the basement meeting room of Benton Plaza, 408 S.W. Monroe Ave. in downtown Corvallis.
- Annabelle Jaramillo (Democrat), 766-6800 (office), 929-6108 (home); [email protected]
- Linda Modrell (Democrat), 766-6800 (office), 929-3904 (home); [email protected]
- Jay Dixon (Democrat), 766-6800 (office), 753-8347 (home); [email protected]
The council meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month in the council chambers in City Hall.
- Mayor Chris Nusbaum: 929-9482, [email protected]
- Angie Baca: 929-5255, [email protected]
- Matthew Bierek: 929-5361, [email protected]
- Charlie Crawford: 929-5898, [email protected]
- Jerry J. Jackson Sr.: 929-5744, [email protected]
- Charla Koeppe: 929-2906, [email protected]
- Ken Schaudt: 929-7131, [email protected]
Local Political History