Chas Jones, PhD


Let’s build unity through community: working towards a more prosperous Philomath.

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My Vision

As a community-minded scientist and as your mayor, I have a vision and have been working hard for the city to encourage a vibrant Philomath with a bustling local economy and welcoming downtown gathering places for everyone. Future developments and growth should make Philomath stronger and more prosperous, without sacrificing long-term liabilities for short-term growth.

Benton County Historical Society and Museum, Philomath, Oregon

My Priorities

  • Affordable housing & building community: Promoting a strong sense of community and a high quality of life for all. 
  • Economic development & local businesses: Using strategic innovations to strengthen Philomath’s local economy.
  • Celebrating our history, culture, & diversity: Promoting Philomath as a rural, vibrant 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.
  • Fiscal responsibility: Moving important civic projects forward, while balancing the City’s needs and financial obligations with an adaptive city government.
  • Prosperity & security: Ensuring Philomath residents feel welcome, safe, valued, and dignified, while connecting underserved populations to essential services.
  • Inclusive governance: Maximizing government transparency and accessibility to elected officials.


Why am I endorsing others?

Tough decisions will not always be easy, but the conversations can be balanced, meaningful, and respectful. When I was a city councilor (2018-2020), the council was cordial. Did we all agree and vote the same way? No, but we respected each other and we were polite. I believe that the candidates that I endorse below are inherently collaborative and honorable residents. We will have robust, well rounded discussions about complex topics. We will bring a breadth of experience and expertise to local governance and we will work well together. I hope that you will join me in voting for these six council candidates. Lets give Philomath the Council you deserve. One that will work hard for Philomath, while providing a supportive environment for our residents, staff, and council.

Endorsements by:

  • Dan Rayfield, Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives
  • Xan Augerot, Benton County Commissioner
  • Pat Malone, Benton County Commissioner
  • Nancy Wyse, Benton County Commissioner
  • David Low, Philomath City Councilor
  • Ruth Causey, Philomath City Councilor
  • Teresa Nielson, Philomath City Councilor
  • Matt Lehman, Philomath City Councilor

Candidates that I endorse:

  • Ruth Causey, Philomath City Council
  • Diane Crocker, Philomath City Council
  • Matt Lehman, Philomath City Council
  • David Low, Philomath City Council
  • Christopher McMorran, Philomath City Council
  • Teresa Nielson, Philomath City Council
  • Pat Malone, Benton County Commissioner
  • David Gomberg, Oregon House of Representatives, District 10

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