Kelly Lemarr and Edward Kroll lead in the race for Washington County Circuit Court Judge Position 5 with 45% and 28% of the vote, respectively, but neither candidate has a majority, unofficial voting results Tuesday, May 19, show.
Candidates Steven Charles Burke and Ron Ridehalgh have received 15% and 10% of the vote, respectively.
If no one wins a majority in the primary, the top two finishers will advance to the Nov. 3 general election.
Whoever wins the election will replace Judge Keith Raines, who is vacating his judgeship.
Lemarr has been the managing attorney for the Hillsboro branch of St. Andrew Legal Clinic since 2008 and began her legal career there from 2004 to 2006. She spent two years in between with David Owens & Associates in Portland. She has been a pro tem judge on the court since 2018.
"As a family lawyer, I work with families to find solutions to these issues and when necessary represent their interests in court," she said in a statement prior to the election. "My goal is always to find ways to strengthen families, either by securing necessary support orders, developing age-appropriate parenting plans and establishing custody orders necessary to protect children."
Lemarr would become the court's fifth female judge in addition to being one of three judges with experience in family law.
"It is my intention to bring my expertise in family law to the court and use my position to continue to promote stability within families who are in crisis. I also hope to work with my future colleagues to improve access to our court system by self-represented people."
Lemarr, 42, lives in Gladstone with her husband Paul. She earned her bachelor's degree in 1999 from George Fox University and her law degree in 2003 from Willamette University.
Kroll has been a partner with Justin Johnson in their Hillsboro law firm since 2014. Before then he was in private practice for four years, and a deputy district attorney for Multnomah County from 2007 to 2010.
He is a recent president of the Washington County Bar Association and the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He's also a pro tem judge in Circuit Court.
Prior to the election, Kroll said, "My passion is seeking fairness, and the law lets me work to ensure that our most basic, fundamental rights — our legal rights — are available to all who need them, regardless of racial or gender identity, economic status, or educational background."
Kroll, 38, lives with his wife Maxine in Portland. He earned a bachelor's degree in English in 2004 from Carleton College, and his law degree in 2007 from the University of Oregon. He is an adjunct professor and mock trial coach at Lewis & Clark College law school.
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