Deschutes County Commissioner Phil Henderson announced last week that he is seeking re-election as commissioner. Henderson filed his bid for re-election on December 19, 2019 at the Deschutes County Clerk’s Office.

Commissioner Henderson is a 30-year resident of Deschutes County and has lived in southeast Bend for the past 22 years. He is completing his first term as commissioner.

“As commissioner, my top priority has been helping guide the County with policies that serve all areas of the County and the needs of diverse Deschutes residents,” said Henderson. “I am proud of working to lower the property tax rate for Deschutes County taxpayers and keeping my commitments to make sound decisions and ensure a lean, but thoughtful, county government.”

In his announcement, Henderson listed several areas of accomplishment, including efforts to resolve initial challenges with the Deschutes 911 radio system, initiating affordable-housing projects and increasing forest-fire protections throughout the county.

“Most recently, Henderson voted for funding the Deschutes behavioral health stabilization center and establishment of this winter’s warming center, his statement read. “Henderson voted to allow Deschutes residents to decide this November on a moratorium for additional marijuana grows in the county (the ‘opt-out’) and contributed to planning for significant Deschutes County road system improvements.”