Nov 072018

Drive up ballot box at Lincoln Co. Courthouse

A lot of Lincoln County folks voted in the election. 68.4% voted – much higher than normal.

And the winners are:

U.S. Congress: Democrat Kurt Schrader by a wide margin over Republican Tom Donahue

In the Lincoln City Mayor’s race, this is a close one. The County Clerk will have to finish ALL the vote counting to get an official winner. Dick Anderson appears to be the winner with 1,394 votes, Susan Wahlke came in a very close second at 1,374 votes, and Dave Dahle came in third at 1,149 votes. For City Council there were three opening and there were three winners – Mitch Parsons Ward 1, Diane Kusz Ward 2, and Rick Mark Ward 3.

Down the Coast at the County Courthouse, incumbent County Commissioner Doug Hunt was elected with 10,680 votes. Jenny Demaris came in a very close second at 9,967 votes.

County Treasurer Jayne Welch bested Rob McAfee by nearly 2 to 1.

In Depoe Bay, Robert Gambino will be the town’s new Mayor. Winning city councilors are Jerome Grant, Kathy Short and Barbara Leff.

In Newport incumbent City Councilor Dean Sawyer ran for Mayor and won by a vote of 2,392 to 1,931 over challenger and fellow City Councilor Dietmar Goebel. On the Newport City Council race there were three winners – incumbent David Allen, Ryan Parker and CM Hall.

Over in Siletz, Willie Worman is the new Mayor by a vote of 296 over 89. City Council Position 1 was won by Jeff Clark – he was the only candidate as was the other solo candidate Leslie Button for Position 4.

In the politically tumultuous town of Toledo, Rod Cross is the town’s new mayor, beating out challenger and recently recalled Mayor Billie Jo Smith. Other winners were Betty Kamikawa, Bill Dalbey and Heather Jukich – all City Councilors.

Down in Waldport Dann Cutter is the town’s new Mayor. City Council winners were Susan Woodruff (former Mayor), Mark Campbell, Paul Virtue and Greg Holland. And W. John Moore is the new Mayor of Yachats. Winning seats on the city council were James Kerti and Leslie Vaaler with identical votes of 278.

In Depoe Bay, the voters approved a tax hike to better maintain equipment and other facilities and hiring some additional firefighters. The spread was 1,372 yes, to 1,150 no. In Seal Rock, their fire department wanted to hire more firefighters but the voters of Seal Rock said no by a thin margin of 844 to 809. And the Toledo Fire Department was told no by their voters in their district for improved service levels that would require higher property taxes.

Again, 68.4% of Lincoln County voters showed up at the polls. And the total vote in this election is 98% counted. The official tally and certification of the election results will come a bit later.

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