Lincoln County election 2014 is almost over…got a little more counting to do but the spreads are so obvious that it’s doubtful much will change when the last of the ballots are counted. At the clerk’s office they said they have a few more hours of counting and it’s already 11pm (midnight time last week). So the following numbers reflect 90% of the count.
Terry Thompson looks like he’s got another four years on the commission, besting challenger and soon-to-be-former Mayor of Lincoln City Richard Anderson by nearly 2,000 votes or a spread of 56% to 44%.
In the race to replace Anderson as mayor of Lincoln City, Don Williams will more than likely be the winner with a nearly 500 vote advantage over challenger and current City Councilor Roger Sprague.
In Lincoln City Ward 1, Susan Wahike bested Nathan long. In Ward 2 Jim Davis ran off and left D. Riley Hoagland by a wide margin.
In Newport, Mayor Sandra Roumagoux held off challenger and current City Councilor Dean Sawyer 1,876 to 1,413 as of last count.
For Newport City Council the top three winners were Wendy Engler, David Allen and Mark Saelens. Incumbent Councilor Dick Beemer and former Airport Manager Dennis Reno didn’t make the cut.
In Siletz, a real nail biter. John Robinson sits at 89 votes with Ron Hervey at 79. That’ll have to wait probably until November 18th for a final tally.
In Toledo, Billie Jo Smith out polled incumbent Mayor Ralph Grutzmacher 494 to 405. That’s probably a big enough gap for Smith to feel confident about her win.
For Toledo City Council two incumbents were re-elected – Terri Strom and Michele Johnson. Also Julie Rockwell made the top three. Julie Rockwell, however, is just 33 votes ahead of fourth place finisher Jerry Seth, so that could come down to the final count.
As for the voter measures, Lincoln County voters voted no on helping Oregonian youngsters pay for their college education. The driver’s card measure also went down. Measure 89 on no sex discrimination passed. Measure 90, doing away with Republican and Democratic primaries as we know them was defeated by a huge margin in Lincoln County as it was statewide. Recreational marijuana passed by a big margin, 61% to 39%. The statewide margin was a lot closer, 54% yes, 46% no. And for GMO labeling, in Lincoln County it was a squeeker, barely in favor, less than a thousand vote spread. It failed statewide 51% to 49%.
If you’re reading this early Wednesday morning we’ll have up the last of the count but there’s not enough votes still out to make much of a difference. But you never know.
Of course Senator Jeff Merkley was sent back to the Senate for another six year term, beating Monica Wehby by a wide margin. Governor Kitzhaber safely outdistanced Republican Dennis Richardson.
And as you all no doubt know, the Republicans re-took the U.S. Senate. The Republicans didn’t win enough seats, on their own, to override a presidential veto without the cooperation of more than a few Democrats. As for exercising the Senate filibuster tactic, outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada pretty much let the Republicans have free rein in the use of the filibuster. Nearly three hundred filibusters at last count. We might look to see if the Republicans change the rules and ban the filibuster for as long as they’re in the majority.
In 2016 the Republicans will have far more seats up for re-election than they did this election. It’ll also be a presidential election which always makes for great political spectacle. We’ll have two more years of “austerity” to get through and evaluate as to whether we’re all better off in 2016 than we were in 2014.