Schrader defeats Wright in 5th District race; Buehler, Brown will face off for governor; Hoyle defeats Ogden for labor commissioner; LO's Peterson wins Metro presidency; Savas wins third term on commission; Hall, White face runoff for clerk


Schrader defeats Wright in 5th District race

SCHRADERLake Oswego resident Peter Wright lost his longshot bid to oust U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader in the Democratic primary for Oregon's 5th Congressional District, according to unofficial results.

Returns as of midday Wednesday showed Schrader with 86.6 percent of the vote to Wright's 12.7 percent.

The 74-year-old Wright mounted a symbolic challenge that he said was intended to "nudge" Schrader and residents of Oregon's 5th District by proving that the district's voters have an appetite for more liberal policies, particularly on the topic of gun control.

Reached for comment on Tuesday evening, Wright said he was grateful for the opportunity to attend multiple candidate forums and speak to voters during the race, and he said his initial tally of more than 4,600 votes showed that his message resonated with voters in the district.

"(Schrader) is a very good man and I'm glad he's my representative, but I think he needs to get himself to be a little less of a bureaucrat and more of a visionary," Wright said. "I think the Democratic Party as a whole needs that. They're so caught up in the fight, they can't see where they want to take the country."

Schrader has represented Oregon's 5th District since 2009. He will face Republican Mark Callahan in the general election in November. Callahan easily defeated Joey Nations and Robert Reynolds in the GOP primary with 62.6 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results.

Anthony Macuk

Buehler, Brown will face off for governor

BUEHLERState Rep. Knute Buehler won the race for the GOP nomination for governor Tuesday night, according to unofficial returns.

"The change we all need has started with victory tonight and the road to a better Oregon begins tomorrow in earnest," Buehler said to a crowd of 200 supporters at the McMenamins Old Church & Pub, where the state representative from Bend hosted a watch party. Results from the Oregon secretary of state's office at midday Wednesday showed the orthopedic surgeon won with 47 percent of the vote.

BROWNBuehler defeated Bend businessman Sam Carpenter, who gleaned 29.2 percent of the vote, and Portland retired Naval pilot Greg Wooldridge, who garnered 18.7 percent, for the chance to challenge Gov. Kate Brown, who easily cinched the Democratic nomination.

Despite a large Democratic majority in the state, Buehler said he is confident that he can win independents and Democrats.

"I've run two difficult elections and won in a district that is overwhelmingly Democratic, actually more Democratic than the state as a whole," Buehler said. "With our experience with winning in a very Democratic district in Bend combined with winning experiences in other states, I am confident that can occur in Oregon. If it can happen in states like Massachusetts and Maryland, it can happen here."

Brown's campaign responded that Brown has supported bipartisan legislation that Buehler opposed.

"Governor Brown has proven herself as a bipartisan leader," said Christian Gaston, a spokesman for her campaign. "The state's largest transportation package, funding for the Oregon Health Plan and the bill to establish the employer incentive fund to address our pension liability all passed with bipartisan support. Buehler voted against them all."

— Paris Achen

Hoyle defeats Ogden for labor commissioner

Former state legislator and Democratic caucus leader Val Hoyle clinched the contest for labor commissioner Tuesday evening with 51.4 percent of the votes in unofficial returns.

Hoyle's main challenger was Lou Ogden, the longtime Republican mayor of Tualatin, who received 35.9 percent of the vote. A third candidate in the contest, Jack Howard, a Union County commissioner, recorded 12.4 percent of the vote after a minimal campaign.

Ogden made a strong showing by winning 19 counties in Eastern and Southern Oregon, but Hoyle won the nearly two dozen most populous counties in the Willamette Valley and the Interstate 5 corridor.

The state's labor commissioner, who serves a four-year term, leads the Bureau of Labor and Industries, which enforces civil rights and labor laws and promotes workforce development in the state.

"I'm honored that the people of this state had such faith in the message that I had," Hoyle said, which was that she would stand up for both labor and business.

— Claire Withycombe

LO's Peterson wins Metro presidency

Transportation expert Lynn Peterson was easily elected Metro Council president on Tuesday night.

Peterson, a former Lake Oswego city councilor and Clackamas County chair, received 78.8 perent of the vote in unofficial returns. Her only opponent, salesman Michael Langley, received 20.7 percent.

Metro is the only elected regional government in the country. It is responsible for transportation, garbage and recycling, and land-use planning, among other things.

— Jim Redden

Savas wins third term on commission

SAVASPaul Savas has won a third term at Position 2 on the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners.

Unofficial returns at noon Wednesday showed Savas — who was challenged by Oak Grove resident Peter Winter and Louise Lopes of Mulino — with 60 percent of the votes. Winter followed at 22.8 percent and Lopes at 17.1 percent.

Savas, the incumbent who lives in unincorporated Clackamas County and joined the commission in 2010, ran on a platform of continuing his commitment to core issues like transportation, housing and employment. He envisioned hitting the ground running in his third term, utilizing the knowledge and relationships he'd developed in his eight years on the commission to push forward with projects like widening I-205 and extending the Sunrise Corridor.

His challengers, meanwhile, argued that the county could use a fresh perspective. Winter, an Oak Grove resident and construction project manager, said he was running in an effort to address growing inequality throughout the county and disagreed strongly with Savas' vision on the Sunrise Corridor.

Lopes said during the campaign that the county would benefit from her extensive experience working in different levels of state government, as well as her view from a rural portion of the area. A newcomer to electoral politics, she said she was inspired in large part by the results of the 2016 presidential election and the increase in activism that followed.

— Patrick Malee

Hall, White face runoff for clerk

HALLSherry Hall, the Clackamas County elections clerk who has held the office since 2003, managed to fend off one of her opponents in Tuesday's primary election, but she'll have to face challenger Pamela White in a November runoff.

Hall received 42.5 percent of the vote Tuesday, well shy of the majority needed to avoid a showdown in the general election. White tallied 32.4 percent, according to unofficial returns, while Sherry Healy received 25 percent.

WHITEHall, a resident of Gladstone, faced criticism during the race for allegedly failing to keep politics out of the county elections office, including her refusal to conduct marriage ceremonies of any kind following the legalization of gay marriage in 2014. Before becoming county clerk, she was employed for 12 years as a legal secretary at the Clackamas County DA's Office, five years as a deputy clerk in the county Recording Division, and two years as a coordinator for the county DUll Victim Impact Panel.

White, of Oregon City, has 25 years of community-outreach experience, 15 years of experience as a nonprofit communications specialist and eight years as a nonprofit executive. She currently is the development and communications director for the Oregon Citizens' Utility Board; she held the same position for Clackamas Women's Services from 2009-13.

— Ray Rendleman

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