Mary Starrett

Running for Yamhill County Commissioner – Position 3



Mary Starrett was first elected to Yamhill County Board of Commissioners in 2014, after losing a bid in 2010.  She was re-elected in 2018.  She ran for Governor as the Constitution Party nominee in 2006, earning less than 4% of the vote. Her brother is Kevin Starrett, executive director of Oregon Firearm Federation.  

Top Donors

  1. Oregon Firearms Federation $5,000 (Run by brother Kevin Starrett)
  2. Oregonians for Affordable Housing* $2,500
  3. Farmers Direct+ $2,500
  4. Lindsay Berschauer $2,000
  5. COPS PAC^ $2,000
  6. Craig Pubols $2,000
  7. Meadow Ridge Farms $2,000
  8. Tom Hammer $2,000

*Oregonians for Affordable Housing is the PAC for Oregon Home Builders Association, who have endorsed Starrett
+Farmers Direct is an Amity business of Joel Rohde and Mark Gaibler.  Gaibler also owns Meadow Ridge Farms. making his total donation $4500.
^Community Oriented Public Servants PAC was behind the campaigns of the conservative school board members in Newberg

News Coverage


Interview, Veronica Nufer, April 27, 2015
Newberg Graphic, April 13, 2022



News Register editorial, Resolutions and proclamations seldom worth the investment, Feb 5, 2021

Second Amendment Sanctuary

OPB, Oregon Attorney General sues Yamhill, Harney counties to enforce new gun laws, Oct 1, 2021

Oregon Capitol Attack/Mike Nearman Replacement

KGW, County commissioners appoint Anna Scharf to replace Rep. Mike Nearman, July 6, 2021 

Statesman Journal, Former legislative aide and lobbyist Anna Scharf appointed to Oregon House, July 6, 2021

Yamhelas Westsider Trail

High Country News, How a trail in rural Oregon became a target of far-right extremism, July 1, 2021

Diversity Training

The Oregonian, Oregon official objects to diversity training on white privilege, says it could be ‘shaming to Caucasians’, August 16, 2019

News Register editorial, Terms like ‘white privilege’ trigger oversensitive officials, August 15, 2019

News Register, Commissioners approve diversity training, August 15, 2019


Oregon Capital Chronicle, Yamhill County commissioner’s retreat from hard stand on Covid may reflect reality, February 2, 2022

KGW, Yamhill County commissioner tries to force health department to publish COVID vaccine misinformation, Jan 26, 2022 and June 27

News Register, Starrett declares ‘showdown” for Thursday’s commissioners’ meeting, January 25, 2022. Threatens to withhold accreditation letter for county health department.

KATU, New Oregon group calls local Republicans ‘villains’ for not supporting COVID protocols, Sept 30, 2021

The Oregonian,Yamhill Commissioner Mary Starrett miscounts breakthrough COVID-19 deaths, refuses to concede inaccurate conclusion , Sept 19, 2021

Willamette Week, Anti-Vaccine Activists Vow Resistance at Oregon’s Capitol, Joined by Republican Officials, June 12, 2021

Newberg Graphic, Commissioners spar with Park & Rec over vaccine checks, June 9, 2021

News Register Op-Ed, Hennes: Nothing local approaches the horrors of Jim Crow, May 28, 2021

KOIN, Yamhill County commissioners push back on ‘Jim Crow’ vaccination verification, May 21, 2021

KGW, Yamhill County commissioners vote to require parental consent for teens under 18 to get COVID-19 vaccine, May 20, 2021. Under Oregon law teens 15-17 do not require parental consent.

Lars Larson interview, Apr 30, 2020

WOTUS Plagiarism

In 2016, Starrett published an article in the News Register which was significantly plagiarized from a 2014 blog post on an Iowa farming website. The News Register published a correction.

Early Politics & Career

News with Views From 2003 – 2010, Starrett published regular opinion articles on this website, where they remain.  Notable articles include:


  • Taxpayers Association of Oregon
  • Oregon Property Owners Association
  • Oregon Family Farm Assoc.
  • Yamhill County Ag PAC
  • Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland
  • Stand for Health Freedom
  • Oregonians for Medical Freedom
  • OR Sen. Kim Thatcher
  • OR Sen. Brian Boquist
  • Oregon Right to Life PAC
  • Oregon Firearms Federation PAC
  • Brian Casey, Chief of Police (Retired)
  • Mark Cooke, Newberg Police Sergeant (Retired)

2014 Yamhill County Commissioner Campaign Videos

2014 Yamhill County Commissioner Candidate Forum

Constitution Party run for Oregon Governor

Blind CandiDATE video

Starrett participated in Candidates Gone Wild’s Blind-Candi-Date segment making a genocidal/ethnic cleansing joke. Approximately at 2:26.

Rose City Antifa, Starrett Loses in Yamhill County Commissioner Race, Nov 6, 2010

BlueOregon,In Yamhill County, Mary Starrett tries to tea-party her way onto the County Commission, 2010

Willamette Week, Hail Mary, April 4, 2007

Willamette Week, Changing Horses, March 6, 2007

Willamette Week, Mary Starrett on Sept 11, 2001, March 2, 2007

Interview with Jeff Golden, Oct 19, 2006

2006 Campaign Website for run for Governor

Guest on Lee Klein Radio Show, 2003