For Circuit Court Judge it was a very tight race but incumbent Judge Marcia Buckley pulled it off in a squeaker with about a 200 vote margin over her challenger Amanda Benjamin.
For Mayor of Depoe Bay, Kathy Short walloped businessman Jerome Grant by a wide margin. And forestry guru Fran Recht soundly beat her challenger for a position on the Depoe Bay City Council. The rest of the winning candidates for the council were unchallenged.
Lincoln City City Council candidate Anne Marie Skinner bested her challenger for Ward II. All the other candidates won or kept their seats including Riley Hoagland in Ward 2.
Toledo City Council saw three successful candidates on the council – Jackie Kaufman, Josh Smith and Todd Michels who will be filling the dias for the next four years.
In Waldport, incumbent Greg Holland won the Mayor’s chair with something rather surprising going on around him. Three other candidates for the city council came up winners with the smallest margins between them – Greg Dunn with 778 votes, Heidi Lambert with 773 votes and Rick Booth with 704 votes. The one candidate that didn’t make the cut was Jayme Morris who came in just three votes behind Booth at 701.
Meanwhile, the city of Yachats has a new mayor, a lady mayor….Mayor Leslie Vaaler. Other successful candidates for the Yachats City Council are Ann Stott, Greg Scott and Max Glenn.
And voters of the in Seal Rock/Waldport were very strongly behind a renewal of a local option tax that will allow them to maintain their level of fire protection and will help pay for an expansion their fire station in Waldport. Firefighters are going to be moving in to the soon-to-be former Waldport City Council Chambers and offices. The city council recently decided to buy the old Umpqua Bank building across Highway 34 to transform it into their their new civic headquarters.
And our Oregon State Representative David Gomberg again successfully took his chronic opponent back to the cleaner, beating Max Sherman by a sizeable margin.