Primary election — Neither Tim Casey nor Tim Svenson get the majority vote needed to win

McMINNVILLE — Tim Svenson edged out Tim Casey in the race to become Yamhill County’s next Sheriff, but because he pulled just 41.3 percent of the vote to Casey’s 38.8, the two will face each other in the general election in November.

The primary reason neither approached a majority was third-place finisher Joe Shipley, who collected 3,878 s or 19.5 percent of the vote.

“I was very pleased with the results,” Svenson said. “There are areas I know I need to work on, that I knew I was going to need to sell a little bit better. That’s what I plan on doing over the next six months.”

Svenson received 8,184 of the 19,808 votes cast compared to 7,700 for Casey, but was a bit disappointed there wasn’t a higher turnout.

“It was a decent turnout, but when you have 51,000 registered voters and only 21-some-thousand of them come out, we need people to get out there and vote,” he said. I expect a higher turnout in November. The part I’m looking forward to is getting out and meeting people and encouraging them to vote.”

Attempts to contact Casey and Shipley were not returned as of press time Tuesday morning.

With Shipley out of the race, Svenson sees an opportunity to gain more ground.

“I carried a few of the votes in that area, in that Yamhill-Carlton area, so I’m going to be concentrating on that, as well as, obviously, Newberg and Dundee,” he said. “There is family name recognition up there (for Casey), so that’s an area I knew I was going to need to work on. I’ll just continue getting my name out there, going out and meeting people, letting them know who I am and what I’m about so they can become familiar with me when it comes to November.”

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