Fording wins re-election to Board of Commissioners
Jefferson County Board of Commissioners
According to unofficial results Tuesday, Nov. 3, Jefferson County Board of Commissioner Wayne Fording has retained his seat, defeating challenger Kim Schmith with 57.94% of the votes, compared with Schmith's 41.57%.
Schmith had the highest number of votes in a three-way race in May that included Kenny Bicart. Fording and Schmith advanced to the general election. Of 11,488 ballots received, 10,060 voted in the commissioners' race. Forty-nine wrote in a candidate.
Madras City Council
Incumbents Jennifer Holcomb and Gary Walker will return to the Madras City Council, along with newcomer Austin Throop.
The top three vote-getters in the four-way race won seats on the council. Holcomb received the most votes, with 30.51%. Walker was second, with 27.55%. And Throop narrowly edged out Mathew Birchard, with 20.67% to Birchard's 19.58%. Ninety names were written in, and 5,307 votes were cast.
Challenger Jake Schwab defeated incumbent Nancy Diaz in the race for Culver mayor. Schwab received 53.71% of votes, compared with 45.81% for Diaz. In the race, 620 people voted; three wrote in a name.
Measure 16-96 (Oregon-Idaho border)
Voters narrowly approved a measure that requires the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners to meet twice a year to promote the county's interest with regard to the Oregon-Idaho border, with 51.04% voting yes and 48.96% voting no. The group that sponsored the measure would like to see some rural areas of Oregon included in Idaho rather than in Oregon. A total of 10,760 people voted on the measure.
Madras Mayor Richard Ladeby ran unopposed to retain his position, garnering 97.52% of votes case. Forty-eight people wrote in a candidate, and 1,939 people voted in the race.
Current Council President Patty Wyler ran unopposed to serve as mayor of Metolius. She won 92.56% of the 309 votes cast, with 23 people writing in a candidate.
Metolius City Council
Three people ran unopposed for the Metolius City Council — Lloyd Trent, Kelly Clowers and current Mayor Carl "Foncie" Elliott. They were all re-elected, with Clowers gaining 33.2%, Elliott gaining 30.72%, and Trent gaining 30.59% of the 765 votes cast.
Forty-two people wrote in a candidate.
Culver City Council
Bart Carpenter, Gretchen Schlie and Steve McCall were each running unopposed to serve on the Culver City Council. They received 96.43%, 98.29% and 98.14%, respectively. There were 17 write-ins for Carpenter's position, eight for Schlie's and nine for McCall's.
Jefferson County Treasurer
Jefferson County Treasurer ran unopposed and will retain her position. She garnered 98.46% of the total votes 7,573 votes cast in the race.
Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District
Scott Samsel and Sean Vibbert each ran unopposed to serve on the Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District Board.
No candidate filed for the Zone 1 position, which had 462 write-in votes, or Zone 5, which had 402 write-in votes.
State Senator, 30th District
In the race for state senator, 63.2% of Jefferson County residents voted for incumbent Republican Lynn Findley, while 36.62% supported Democrat and Warm Springs resident Carina Miller.
Findley had 66.09% of the votes in the district, compared with 33.77% for MIller as of 8:59 p.m. Nov. 3.
State Representative, 59th District
In the race for state representative, Jefferson County voters favored Republican incumbent Daniel Bonham 63.82% to 36.07% for Democrat Arlene Burns.
Bonham had 58.85% of the vote, compared with 41.02% in the district as of 8:59 p.m. Nov. 3.
U.S. Representative, 2nd District
In the 2nd District, 64.71% of Jefferson County voters supported Republican Cliff Bentz, and 31.96% supported Democrat Alex Spenser.
Bentz had garnered 59.01% of the vote districtwide, compared with 38.08% for Spenser as of 8:59 p.m. Nov. 3.
Local Results for President & Vice President
In Jefferson County, 60.76% of the 11,308 votes cast for president were for Donald Trump, and 36.66% were for Joseph Biden. Jo Jorgensen had 181 votes, Howie Hawkins had 51, Dario Hunter had 22, and 38 people wrote in a candidate.
Local Results for U.S. Senator
In the race for U.S. senator, 58.39% of the 11,172 Jefferson County residents who voted supported Jo Rae Perkins, and 38.79% favored incumbent Jeff Merkley.
Local Results for Oregon Secretary of State
For Oregon secretary of state, 61.29% of Jefferson County voters supported Republican Kim Thatcher, and 33.81% supported Democrat Shemia Fagan.
As of 8:59 p.m. Nov. 3, Fagan was winning the race 52.25% to 41.76% for Thatcher.
Local Results for State Treasurer
In the contest for state treasurer, 58.7% of Jefferson County voters voted for Republican Jeff Gudman and 34.59% voted for Democrat Tobias Read.
As of 8:59 p.m. Nov. 3, Read was beating Gudman 53.61% to 40.1%.
Local Results for Oregon Attorney General
Jefferson County voters gave 59.94% of their votes to Republican Michael Cross in the race for Oregon attorney general, while 37.25% voted for Democrat Ellen Rosenblum.
As of 8:59 p.m. Nov. 3, Rosenblum was defeating Cross 57.72% to 39.93%.
Local Results for Measure 107 - Campaign Finance
Jefferson County residents favored limiting campaign contributions and spending 70.53% to 29.47%.
The measure was passing by a margin of 76.8% to 23.2% as of 8:59 p.m. Nov. 3.
Local Results for Measure 108 - Increases Cigarette Taxes
Jefferson County residents also supported raising taxes on cigarettes and cigars, as well as establishing a tax on e-cigarettes and nicotine vaping devices 53% to 47%.
The measure was also passing statewide 66.68% to 33.32% as of 8:59 p.m.
Local Results for Measure 109 - Allows Psilocybin
County residents opposed a measure allowing psilocybin treatment, with 59.98% of residents voting no and 40.02% voting yes.
The measure was passing 56.12% to 43.88% as of 8:59 p.m.
Measure 110 - Drug Treatment and Reclassifies Possession/Penalties for Specified Drugs
County residents also opposed a measure that would provide statewide addiction and recovery services while reducing penalties for drug possession 55.94% to 44.06%.
The measure was passing 59.05% to 40.95% statewide as of 8:59 p.m. Nov. 3.
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