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Secondary results from the May 17 election show Johnston leading Dayton Mayor Beth Wytoski by more than 2 percent

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Secondary results from the May 17 primary election vaulted farmer and businessman Kit Johnston past Dayton Mayor Beth Wytoski for Position 1 on the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners.COURTESY PHOTO: KIT JOHNSTON - Farmer and businessman Kit Johnston held a slim lead in the race for Position 1 on the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners after the May 17 election.

Johnston earned 38.56% (10,597 votes) to Wytoski's 36.89% (10,139 votes), with former Alaska Natural Resources commissioner Harry Noah pulling up third with 14.87% and timber executive Bob Luoto fourth with 9.68%.

Should the numbers stay at roughly the same levels, Wytoski will face Johnston in a runoff in the fall.

The race for Position 3 on the commission was not nearly as close. The initial count showed incumbent Mary Starrett enjoying a comfortable lead over challengers Doris Towery and David Wall. Starrett garnered 52.02 f the votes, with Towery bringing in 38.56% and David Wall 9.43%.

Newberg City Council member Elise Yarnell Hollamon trailed at the polls following Tuesday's primary election for state representative in the 23rd District. In unofficial counts Wednesday morning from the two counties that comprise the district, Yamhill and Polk, Kriss Wright enjoyed a 54.65% (2,527 votes) to 44,.24% (1,989 votes) lead over Hollamon in the race. The winner will face Republican Anna Scharf in the November general election. Scharf ran unopposed for the seat.PMG FILE PHOTO - Dayton Mayor Beth Wytoski will likely face a runoff with challenger Kit Johnston in the fall if neither of the candidates reach the 50% threshold to win outright.

While Yamhill County Commissioner Casey Kulla was the outright favorite locally for Bureau of Labor and Industries commissioner with 38.99% of the vote, he trails civil rights attorney Christina Stephenson by double-digits on a statewide level. Kulla also lags behind former lawmaker Cheri Helt, both earning votes in the teens while Stephenson garnered more than 47.48% of the votes cast.

If Stephenson doesn't reach the 50% threshold required by state law, she will face the second-highest vote getter in the November general election.

In the race for the first-ever 6th Congressional District seat, Democrat Andrea Salinas, a state representative from the 38th District, earned an easy win in the primary election over Carrick Flynn, 36.69% to 18.26%. Salinas will face Republican Mike Erickson, a Lake Oswego businessman, in the November general election.

The 6th Congressional District is comprised of all of Yamhill and Polk counties, as well as parts of Marion, Clackamas, Washington and Multnomah counties. It was formed by the Legislature in 2021 after 2020 census data indicated the state's population had grown significantly.

Votes tallied in Yamhill County in the race had state representative and former McMinnville police chief Ron Noble easily outdistancing the other six Republican candidates with 34.32% of the vote. Other Yamhill County notables Jim Bunn, a former congressman, and Dundee Mayor David Russ garnered 11.67% and 3.96% of the vote, respectively.

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici walked away with the Democratic nomination for another term in the House, earning 88.75% of the vote to demolish challengers Scott Phillips and Christian Robertson. Bonamici will face Republican challenger Christopher Mann in the fall general election after he defeated Armidia Murray 67.71% to 30.46%.


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