Election Results: Buehler wins, Fagan has big lead over Monroe, runoff in city commission
Bend doctor and state Rep. Knute Buehler won the Republican race for governor Tuesday night. He'll challenge incumbent Democrat Gov. Kate Brown in November's General Election.
In the closely watched Republican race for governor, Buehler was leading his challengers by 47 percent of the vote in unofficial returns late Tuesday night. Business consultant Sam Carpenter had 30 percent and former U.S. Navy pilot Greg Wooldridge had 18 percent of the vote. There were 10 people running in the race.
Before the polls closed Tuesday night Brown, who had no significant competition during this year's primary, called on whoever won Tuesday's Republican nomination to debate her three times as well as attend joint appearances with the media.
“Voters deserve to hear directly from us where we stand on the issues,” she said in a news release. “I’m fighting to ensure every Oregonian has access to a quality education, a good job and affordable health care.”
During his election night party, Buehler said he'd debate her more than three times.
"Ten debates all across Oregon. Two debates in every congressional district," he told supporters.
Brown was well ahead of her opponents, with 82 percent of the vote in the Democratic race.
Also of interest was the Democratic race in state Senate District 24, which mainly encompasses east Portland. Two candidates, Shemia Fagan and Kayse Jama, aimed at unseating incumbent Rod Monroe. The hot issues in the race were housing and rent. Fagan and Jama have been pushing for more tenant protections and no-cause evictions while Monroe, a landlord, has opposed such reforms.
Defeating Monroe in a big way was what Fagan was doing late Tuesday night. She had 62 percent of the vote to Monroe's 23 percent and Jama's 15 percent.
You might know the candidates for Washington County District Attorney from their TV ads. Kevin Barton, chief deputy district attorney for Washington County, and Max Wall, a Beaverton criminal defense attorney, were running to replace current DA Bob Herman, who decided not to run for re-election after almost 20 years in the job.
Barton was easily beating Wall in vote returns, 70 percent to 30 percent, leading Wall to concede the race and wish Barton luck.
“While we didn’t win tonight, I’m really proud of our work together to elevate the debate on alternative sentencing, dealing with our overcrowded jail, and ensuring prosecutors have a smart and fair approach to criminal justice,” Wall wrote in a Facebook post.
The campaign for DA heated up over campaign finance and who was funding their campaigns. Story here.
Another race of interest was who will be Oregon’s next commissioner for Bureau of Labor and Industries. That battle was between former state Rep. Val Hoyle and Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden.
Hoyle was garnering 52 percent of the vote late Tuesday night.
And on the city level, there were two races where candidates were running to represent Portlanders on the city commission.
The one that has the most interest in it was Position 3. Because of the number of candidates running for that position in the primary, it appears voters will end up deciding between the top-two candidates in November. The winner will replace outgoing Commissioner Dan Saltzman.
Late Tuesday night, it was looking like Jo Ann Hardesty and Loretta Smith would face off in November. Neither had above 50 percent of the vote. Hardesty had 41 percent and Smith, 23 percent. The other candidates had a combined total of 37 percent.
And up for renewal was Portland’s children’s levy. Voters were asked to renew it for five years. The money would go toward ensuring hungry children get nutritious meals and other things like helping to prevent child abuse.
The measure was passing with 80 percent of the vote.
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