Contests for DA, two judgeships on county ballot
Washington County voters will see contests for district attorney and two of seven judgeships in the May 15 primary.
All are nonpartisan positions that will be decided in the primary. In the three-way race for an open judgeship, the top two finishers advance to the Nov. 6 general election if no one wins a majority.
The district attorney's term is four years, and judgeships, six years.
Seeking the top prosecutor's job are Chief Deputy District Attorney Kevin Barton and Max Wall, a Beaverton lawyer and a former deputy district attorney in Polk County.
Bob Hermann is retiring after a total of 43 years in the office, the past 20 years as the elected district attorney, and 14 years before then as its chief deputy.
For Position 6 on the Washington County Circuit Court, Presiding Judge D. Charles Bailey is being challenged by Steven Charles Burke, senior associate attorney at Case & Dusterhoff. Bailey was first elected in 2006.
For Position 15, newly created by the 2017 Legislature, Todd Huegli, Kevin Kelley and Kathy Proctor have filed. Kelley's candidacy is pending.
Incumbents are unchallenged in the other judgeships: Eric Bucher, who succeeded Donald Letourneau in 2017 in Position 3; Oscar Garcia, elected to Position 9 in 2012; Danielle Hunsaker, who succeeded Suzanne Upton in Position 10 in 2017; Janelle Factora Wipper, who has served in Position 11 since 2011, and Jim Fun, elected to Position 13 in 2006.
Filings for district attorney and judgeships are handled by the Oregon secretary of state.