District Attorney

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  • Justin W

  • Occupation: Umatilla County Deputy District Attorney

    Occupational Background: Umatilla County Deputy District Attorney; Junior Lobbyist, Oregon Farm Bureau; legal internships with local firms Kuhn & Spicer, and Corey, Byler, Rew, Lorenzen & Hojen, L.L.P.

    Educational Background: Heppner High School; Oregon State University: B.S., Agricultural Business Management with a minor in Natural Resource Environmental Law and Policy; Willamette University College of Law: Juris Doctorate, associate editor Willamette Law Review.

    Prior Governmental Experience: Morrow County Planning Commissioner


    As a lifelong Morrow County resident, I am dedicated to bringing stability, common sense and the fair and impartial administration of justice to the office of the District Attorney. During my time as a Umatilla County Deputy District Attorney, I have successfully tried numerous felony and misdemeanor cases in the Umatilla County Circuit Court. As a Morrow County resident, I understand the increased problems that our community faces as a result of drug and property crimes. I am committed to aggressively investigating and prosecuting these crimes, and doing everything in my power to minimize their effect on our community.

    “Justin Nelson has the experience necessary to become Morrow County District Attorney. He has been in this race since October of 2009 and has been working to build the necessary experience for district attorney his entire career.”
    - Dean Gushwa, Umatilla County District Attorney

    “I have worked with Justin Nelson, and know him to be an excellent candidate for Morrow County District Attorney. Nelson is a aggressive prosecutor coupled with a lot of common sense.”
    - Earl R. Woods, Jr., Morrow County District Attorney (1991-1998)

    ENDORSED BY LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT: Ken Matlack, Morrow County Sheriff; City of Boardman Police Department AFSCME Local 3742-3; Umatilla County Deputy DA’s AFSCME Local 3742-4; Dean Gushwa, Umatilla County District Attorney; Roy L. Drago, Retired Morrow County Sheriff (1983-1998); Earl R. Woods, Jr., Morrow County District Attorney (1991-1998).

    (This information furnished by Committee to Elect Justin Nelson.)

Elections Division, Oregon Secretary of State • 136 State Capitol • Salem, OR 97310-0722