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No changes likely on county commission

It appears Tuesday's election won't affect the makeup of the five-member Washington County Board of Commissioners.

Early election results Tuesday night showed incumbent Commissioner Bob Terry holding off a strong challenge in the race for District 4, which includes most of western Washington County, while the other two incumbents, County Chair Andy Duyck and Commissioner Greg Mailinowski, held sizeable leads over their two challengers.

Duyck — who has served on the Board of County Commissioners since 1993, including the past four years as chairman — had 62 percent of the vote as of 8 p.m. Tuesday. His challenger, Allen Amabisca, a former Intel manager who lives in Helvetia, had roughly 38 percent.

In the District 4 race, Elizabeth Furse, a Helvetia resident and former U.S. Congresswoman, trailed Terry by a 48 percent to 52 percent margin. District 4 includes most of Hillsboro as well as the communities of Forest Grove, Cornelius, Banks, North Plains and Gaston. Furse, a Democrat who served in Congress from 1993-1999, campaigned on a promise to focus on new priorities, including boosting education funding and preserving farmlands and open space.

Terry is the owner of Fisher Farms Nursery in Gaston and has been a commissioner since 2012. He said he was confident his lead would last as more ballots were counted overnight. "The first results usually hold up and we're hoping they do tonight," he said.

For the District 2 county commission seat, incumbent Greg Malinowski, an organic farmer who represents the east county area north of Beaverton, handily topped his challenger, Bob Zahrowski, garnering 69 percent of the vote in early returns.

The two other commissioners, Dick Schouten and Roy Rogers, were not up for re-election this year.

Duyck said he was gratified at the support from voters, not only for himself, but the the entire commission.

"I think this reaffirms what others have been saying," Duyck said. "That voters, on the whole, appreciate the direction that the county is going, particularly compared to some other parts of the state, and don't see a reason to make a change."




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