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Wednesday morning wrap up…

voting ballot drop

Nothing changed from last night. We now have 99% of Lincoln County’s vote tallied. A nearly 74% turnout. County Clerk Recorder Dana Jenkins nailed it. He predicted a 70 to 75% voter turnout.

On the measures, Lincoln County voted with the rest of the state except for GMO’s. The label mandate won in Lincoln but not statewide.

Governor Kitzhaber won Lincoln County and won statewide but by a lot closer margin that the polls estimated. By any measure it was close. The Cylvia Hayes eruption may have hurt Kitzhaber more than earlier believed.

Coast Representative Kurt Schrader took the lead early in the evening and kept it. Tea Partier and Clackamas County Commissioner Tootie Smith was never in it.

Lincoln County voted with the rest of the state by saying no to helping our youth pay sky high tuition costs at state colleges and universities. That went down. Lincoln County also rode shotgun with the state in turning down driver cards for those who can’t prove they belong in the country. Lincoln County did vote to ban sexual discrimination on the job. The measure passed statewide. We voted to keep the current primary election format. So independents and non-democrats and non-republicans will remain shut out of the electoral process that leads to the general election. That’s about a third of the voting public. Gotta be a better way.

GMO labeling went down statewide, but passed barely in Lincoln County. And Lincoln County voted with the rest of the state in legalizing recreational marijuana. However, it won’t be OFFICIALLY LEGAL until the legislature adopts rules and regulations next year about its availability, taxes on it and anything else “the leg” wants to enact.

As for the candidates, Lincoln County commissioner Terry Thompson bested challenger and Lincoln City Mayor Dick Anderson 56% to 37%. Speaking of the Lincoln City Council, the new mayor of Lincoln City will Don Williams who beat City Councilor Roger Sprague by about 500 votes out of 2,800 cast. In the city council races, the winners were: Ward 1 Susan Wahike, Ward 2 Jim Davis and in Ward 3 Kip Ward ran unopposed.

In Newport, Mayor Sandra Roumagoux outpolled City Councilor Dean Sawyer 57% to 43%. The three councilor positions that were on the ballot were snatched up by newcomer Wengy Engle, and veterans David Allen and Mark Saelens. In Siletz, John Robinson has been hanging on by a thread in his bid to be Mayor. Right now he leads Ron Hervey by just 6 votes. This one probably won’t be called until the final tally results are released in the middle of the month.

In Toledo, challenger Billie Jo Smith beat incumbent Mayor Ralph Grutzmacher 55% to 44%. The three open seats on the council were won by incumbents Michele Johnson and Terri Strom. Julie Rockwell got the third slot.

In Depoe Bay, there were no official opponents for those who ran so it was a cake walk for soon-to-be-councilors Jerome Grant, Steve Sparks and Jo Fisher-Brown. The wrinkle in the mayor’s race is that current City Councilor Barbara Leff agreed to be a write-in candidate for mayor. None of Leff’s votes showed up in the Tuesday night’s count because the clerk’s office has to do them by hand which, we’re told, will take some time. So Mayor Mattila won’t know if he’s been re-elected to another two year term until the middle of the month.

All other political candidates won their seats including those in Waldport, Yachats and Siletz.

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