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Latest Lincoln County and statewide race results….Waldport Fire levy finally enters positive territory…but only by 12 votes

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For the lastest Lincoln County election and measure results, just click here.

For the latest Statewide election and measure results click here.

The voter tally shows that County Commissioner Bill Hall should be smiling because he has again beaten his regular opponent on the ballot Tom Runions by a 2:1 margin. And Hall’s major project, a fairgrounds upgrade has been approved by the voters – the vote for a 1% bump up in the room tax in the unincorporated areas of the county is ahead 9,439 to 6,233 with no more than 250 or so votes left to count which will be part of the final tally in a couple of weeks.

Newport’s fluoridation measure was soundly defeated 2.335 no to 1,315 yes. The NO vote side ran a tireless campaign. The Yes crowd was obviously relying on peoples’ assumption that “science” was going to carry the day. There was obviously a disagreement over what the “science” was.

As a result, Newport Public Works Director Tim Gross will have some extra money to use for other purposes than fluoridation – and there are many projects on his “to do” list in the water/sewer end of things.

The Siletz area law enforcement enhancement property tax bump-up is passing 442 to 367. If the vote holds after the final vote report in a couple of weeks, the Siletz area law enforcement district will cover the same area as the Siletz Fire Protection District. The sheriff’s office is presumed to be the agency that will step up patrols in the area. They have the same kind of “enhanced patrols” in Depoe Bay and Waldport, neither of which have their own police departments. The additional property tax revenue from Siletz area residents will cover the cost of hiring more deputies.

A late count shows that the buck-27 per thousand property tax override for the Central Coast Fire Protection District (Waldport) has gone onto the plus side for the first time all night – now 693 voting yes, 681 voting no. During the early count the fire board trailed by five votes. Later in the evening it flipped – now they’re in plus territory by 12 votes.

And of course the Central Coast Fire District Board will be on the edge of their seats, waiting for the final straggler ballots to be counted in a couple of weeks. The trouble with Central Coast’s issue is that if they lose, they’ll likely go back to a 99% volunteer staffing which could mean homeowner’s insurance rates will go up due to the lowered level of fire protection. Right now they’re down to one full time person. When a fire call comes in, the one full time employee is the only one on the truck hoping that some volunteers will meet-up him at the fire, or traffic accident. Pac West Ambulance will handle the medical response and are already co-housed at the Central Coast Fire Station in Waldport. But the one paid fire department staffer has to sleep sometime too.

County Elections Clerk Dana Jenkins says the count numbers will remain the same for two weeks until they can count all outstanding votes – usually 250 to 300 – ballots filed in drop boxes in other counties, some ballots with signature issues, etc. He said the election should be pretty well settled already with the exception of the Central Coast Fire-Rescue property tax increase issue. That, he says, remains too close to call.

In the Central Coast State Senatorial District from Coos Bay to Lincoln City, incumbent Democrat Arnie Roblan garnered twice the number of votes as Republican challenger and former mayor of Lincoln City Dick Anderson – nearly 5,300 votes for Roblan, about 2,800 for Anderson. Anderson is going to have to woo independents and at least bag some Democrats this fall if he expects to win.

In Lincoln County Bernie Sanders bested all-but-annointed Democratic nominee for President Hillary Clinton 52% to 48%. Statewide it’s 53 to 47%. Obviously a little tighter margin than the Sanders’ campaign expected. In the Kentucky Democratic primary, Clinton barely leads Sanders by one-half percent: Clinton 46.8% to Sanders 46.3%. Less than 2,000 votes separate them.

In State Representative District 10 this Fall, it’ll be Democrat incumbent David Gomberg who won 7,317 votes in the primary facing Republican challenger Thomas Donahue at 4,245 votes.

GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump cleaned the clocks of his Republican challengers in both states, Kentucky and Oregon.

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