Despite all the attention still being paid to the slow vote count in Clackamas County, most state, regional and local elections were decided within a day or two of the May 17 primary election.
In some of the closest-watched races, former House Speaker Tina Kotek easily won the Democratic nomination for Oregon governor with 57% of the vote, not counting her final share in Clackamas County. She will face former Oregon House Republican Leader Christine Drazan, who only received 23% of her party's support. Both will also be challenged by former Democratic state Sen. Betsy Johnson, who is running as an unaffiliated candidate who will be placed on the Nov. 8 general election ballot through a petition drive.
The hand-assisted count in Clackamas County, required by blurry ballot barcodes, has delayed the final results in the Oregon Congressional District 5 race. In the Democratic primary, challenger Jamie McLeod-Skinner is well ahead of incumbent Kurt Schrader by a margin of 60% to 39%, however. Happy Valley Mayor leads the Republican race with 42%.
The Metro President race is also affected by the Clackamas County problem. Incumbent President Lynn Peterson leads with 54% of the vote but is well below that there. If final results pulls her regional total below 50%, she will face economic consultant Alisa Pyszka in the general election.
"These delays are deeply frustrating. This was a problem identified well before election day, and could have been addressed through increased staffing or assistance from the Secretary of State or other elections experts. Voters deserve better than these preventable mistakes and delays," said Peterson.
If current returns hold, Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty has apparently been forced into a runoff general with 44% of the vote. She will face attorney and business owner Rene Gonzalez, who edged administrative law judge Vadim Mozyrsky out of second place by a margin of 23% to 22%. Mozyrsky finished third despite receiving over $184,000 in support from the independent, largely business backed Portland United political action committee.
And Portland City Commissioner Dan Ryan was reelected with 55% of the vote despite some neighborhood opposition to the six managed Safe Rest Village homeless camps he is working to create across the city. Ryan was previously elected to fill the two years left in the late Commissioner Nick Fish's last term.
More election results can be found at pamplinmedia.com.
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