County voters turn down jail levy, elect candidates
Out of 14,509 eligible voters in Jefferson County, 8,906 turned in their ballots to make their voices heard on an array of candidates and measures in the Nov. 6 general election.
With about 61.4 percent voter participation, county voters turned down the jail operations levy request from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office by a vote of 3,172 yes to 5,344 no — 37.25 percent yes to 62.75 percent no.
Sheriff Jim Adkins, who was unopposed on the ballot and was re-elected with 6,747 votes, saw his request for renewal of a five-year operations levy go down to defeat. Adkins was seeking a levy of $1.70 per $1,000 of assessed value, up from the current levy of $1.24 per $1,000.
The increase was needed to continue current services when Crook County opens its new jail next summer, and Jefferson County loses about $719,000 in payments from Crook County, which has been renting beds at the Jefferson County Correctional Facility since it opened its doors in 2000. Crook County rents 16-32 beds per day, at a daily cost of $76.32 per inmate.
City council, mayor elections
Madras, Culver and Metolius all had candidates for city council and mayor positions. In Madras, Mayor Royce Embanks and Councilor Richard Ladeby will switch seats in January. Embanks did not run for re-election as mayor, but instead ran for the Madras City Council, where he was elected with 1,069 votes, along with Rose Canga (1,056 votes) and Bartt Brick (1,021).
Ladeby was elected Madras mayor with 1,248 votes.
Culver Mayor Nancy Diaz, who was challenged by Ginger Gann, was re-elected with 66.8 percent of the vote, compared to Gann's 32.1 percent — 306 votes to 147 cast for Gann.
Sharon Orr was re-elected to Position 2 on the Culver City Council with 327 votes; Hilario Diaz to Position 3, with 334 votes; and no one to Position 1, for which no one filed. However, there were 44 write-in votes; the winning candidate will be announced later.
Metolius had two councilors seeking to unseat Mayor John Chavez, who was holding on to his seat by two votes on election night, with 91 votes, compared to challenger Tryna Muilenberg, who received 89, and Carl Elliott, who received 78 votes.
Metolius also had three open council seats, but only two people running — Patricia Wyler, who received 157 votes, and Daniel Dulaney, who received 135 votes. Both were re-elected.
Other local elections, measures
Kate Zemke, who was the only candidate for Jefferson County clerk after winning a four-way race for the position in May, was elected with 6,092 votes.
Elected to the Jefferson County Soil and Water District board were Robert Galyen, director at-large 2, with 5,414 votes; Brad Klann, zone 2, 5,447 votes; and Lloyd Forman, zone 4, 5,385 votes.
Culver voters were narrowly approving a measure prohibiting certain marijuana registrants and/or licensees in Culver by a razor-thin vote of 245 yes to 242 no.
Crooked River Ranch residents handily approved a five-year local option levy for their Rural Fire Protection District by a vote of 1,444 yes to 960 no — 60.1 percent to 39.9 percent. The local option levy of 89 cents per $1,000 assessed value is an increase of 20 cents per $1,000 over the current local option levy. The district also has a permanent levy of $1.8379 per $1,000.
Statewide, regionwide elections
County voters overwhelmingly voted to re-elect U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, a Hood River Republican, who was opposed by Jamie McLeod-Skinner, a Democrat from Crooked River Ranch, and Independent Mark Roberts. Walden received 5,298 votes (61 percent), to McLeod-Skinner's 2,934 (33.8 percent), and Roberts' 447 votes.
Districtwide, Walden collected 181,188 votes (56.6 percent), McLeod-Skinner 125,477 (39.2 percent), and Roberts 13,359 (4.2 percent). McLeod-Skinner received more votes than Walden in Deschutes and Hood River counties.
For governor, Democrat Kate Brown was elected statewide with 799,051 votes to Knute Buehler's 704,609 votes. In Jefferson County, Brown received 2,564 votes, compared with Buehler's 5,427 — 29.6 percent to 62.6 percent.
State Sen. Cliff Bentz, a Republican, who was appointed in January, won election to his seat representing Oregon Senate District 30, with a vote of 37,288 for the entire district. Democrat Solea Kabakov received 14,407 votes. In Jefferson County, Bentz received 6,542, while Kabakov received 1,447.
Republican Rep. Daniel Bonham, who was appointed to fill the District 59 seat vacated last year by former Rep. John Huffman, garnered 17,139 votes districtwide, while Democrat Darcy Long-Curtiss received 10,548. In Jefferson County, Bonham received 5,415, and Long-Curtiss, 2,858.
County results for state measures
On the five statewide ballot measures, Jefferson County generally did not follow the statewide trends.
For Measure 102, which will amend the constitution to allow local governments to issue bonds to finance affordable housing with nongovernmental entities, and was passed statewide, county voters voted 4,046 yes to 4,376 no. The state passed the measure by a vote of 881,347 yes to 684,372 no.
Measure 103, which would have amended the constitution to prohibit state or local taxes or fees on groceries, was favored in Jefferson County, but defeated statewide. County voters voted 4,945-3,688 for the measure. Statewide, voters cast 911,499 votes against the measure and 674,643 for the measure.
Measure 104, which would have amended the constitution to expand the type of bills to raise revenue that require a three-fifths legislative majority for approval was soundly defeated statewide, by nearly a 2-1 margin, 1,018,589 no to 539,170 yes. Currently, only bills that levy or increase taxes require a three-fifths majority. County voters voted against the measure by a vote of 3,582 yes to 4,848 no.
Statewide, voters were also strongly opposed to Measure 105, which would have repealed the law that limits the use of state or local law enforcement resources to enforce federal immigration laws. The state voted 586,318 yes to 998,263 no, while county voters favored the measure by a small margin — 4,388 yes to 4,188 no. The measure failed.
And finally, Measure 106, which would have amended the constitution to prohibit spending federal funds directly or indirectly for abortion and would have reduced abortion access, was defeated by a vote of 568,089 yes (35.7 percent) to 1,022,378 no (64.3 percent).
County voters narrowly supported Measure 106, by a vote of 4,394 yes to 4,211 no.
The results can be found at the county website, www.jeffco.net/cc/page/november-6-2018-general-election. Click on the election results box.