Southern Oregon native, Simon Hare and his family have a long history and deep roots in Josephine County. His grandfather, Edward Hare, moved the family to the Illinois Valley and the "Oxbow Ranch" from the Napa Valley in 1958.
He spent his childhood on the family's cattle ranch with his parents, Denny & Evie and his brother David and sister Maria. Starting with 4-H and later in high school with FFA, he cultivated a connection to the land and a love for farming and agriculture. He continues to spend much of his free time replacing fences and keeping things running on the family farm.
This fondness for a rural lifestyle played a significant role in his decision to attend Oregon State University... not their history of winning college football games. While in college he was able to pursue one of his lesser-known talents as a singer in OSU's Chamber & Jazz Choirs. During his Junior year he was honored to lead the prestigious choral department by being elected President.
In 2002 he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business. After spending the summer working on the ranch he traveled east to fill a position as a legislative intern in Senator Gordon H. Smith's Washington, D.C. Office. His desire to make a difference in rural America, lead him to a position with the Rural Electric Cooperative Association. He spent 6 years with NRECA's government relation's office, working on rural electric cooperative legislative issues.
In 2008 he returned to Oregon looking for a change of pace and to be closer to home. The degraded state of the community was the inspiration that moved him "off the couch" and into the arena of local politics.
Commissioner Hare took office after winning the general election for position #1 in January 2011. Since that time he's piloted very challenging times in Josephine County. He continues to be a proponent of small, fiscally responsible government, a long-term funding solution for the county.