Chas Jones, PhD


Let’s build community, prosperity, and a stronger Philomath.

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My Vision

I am a community-minded scientist that envisions Philomath as a welcoming community for everyone; a great place for families with a downtown that is a gathering place for our community. I will use strategic planning to encourage development of a bustling downtown, where tourists support our local businesses while strengthening our economy. Future developments should make Philomath stronger and more prosperous, without sacrificing long-term liabilities for short-term growth.

Benton County Historical Society and Museum, Philomath, Oregon
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My Priorities

  • Fiscal responsibility: Moving important civic projects forward, while balancing the City’s needs and financial obligations with an adaptive city government focused on serving its residents.
  • Building community: Promoting a strong sense of community and providing a high quality of life for all.
  • Celebrating our history, culture, & diversity: Promoting our appeal as a vibrant, rural timber town that celebrates diversity and is safe for everyone.
  • Public health & environment: Balancing growth with a focus on public health, open space, and a healthy environment.
  • Prosperity & security: Ensuring all Philomath residents feel welcome, safe, valued, and dignified, while connecting under-served populations to essential services.
  • Inclusive governance: Maximizing public input, transparency in local government, and accessibility to elected officials.
  • High quality school and public safety programs that emphasize serving the public.


  • Dan Rayfield, Oregon State Representative for House District 16
  • Xan Augerot, Benton County Commissioner
  • Annabelle Jaramillo, Benton County Commissioner
  • Pat Malone, Benton County Commissioner

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