Brian Pixley elected sheriff; Rick Scholl remains mayor in St. Helens
Polls across Oregon and Columbia County closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6 for the 2018 General Election. A third round of results posted early Wednesday morning showed tight races for city council in St. Helens and Columbia City, where results remained too close to call as of 2 a.m.
This year, voters considered everything from a governor's race that yielded unprecedented campaign spending, to local city council races to statewide measures affecting abortion access, immigration policing, and taxes. Columbia County voters also selected a new sheriff- Brian Pixley, and weighed in on a regional 2nd Amendment ordinance.
Here are the up-to-date unofficial election results, as they become available:
Governor: Kate Brown- 799,051 (50 percent)
Knute Buehler- 845,965 (44 percent)
Patrick Starnes- 49,345 (2.88 percent)
Nick Chen- 25,027
Aaron Auer- 18,980
Chris Henry- 9,822
U.S. Representative, 1st District:
Suzanne Bonamici- 188,217
John Verbeek- 97,803
Drew Layda- 11,344
State Senator, 16th District:
Betsy Johnson- 46,570
Ray Biggs- 9,775
State Representative, 31st District:
Brad Witt- 15,898
Brian Stout- 13,728
102- Local bonds for affordable housing
NO- 43.7 percent
103- Grocery tax ban
NO- 57.5 percent
YES- 42.5 percent
104- Requires three-fifths legislative approval for raising revenue
NO- 65.4 percent
YES- 34.6 percent
105- Repeals sanctuary state law
NO- 63 percent
YES- 37 percent
106- Prohibits tax dollars from being used for abortion
NO- 64.3 percent
YES- 35.7 percent
Columbia County Sheriff
Dave Brown- 8,761
Jim Gibson- 2,525
In Columbia County, the race for sheriff was one of the most closely watched and by 2 a.m. Wednesday, Brian Pixley won by more than 1,000 votes.
The sheriff's race drew public scrutiny over campaign spending on behalf of Pixley and Brown. Pixley drew support from current Columbia County Sheriff's Office employees, and a nod from former sheriff Jeff Dickerson.
Brown received heavy financial backing from Tyler Miller, a former Sheriff's Office reserve deputy.
Columbia County Commissioner
Henry Heimuller- 15,096
Incumbent Henry Heimuller ended up running unopposed for Position 2 on the board of commissioners after his opponent dropped out of the race earlier this year.
St. Helens City Council
In the race for St. Helens mayor, incumbent Rick Scholl is running against St. Helens business owner Al Petersen.
Scholl showed an early lead Tuesday over Petersen at the first count.
Scholl, who runs his own yard maintenance company has served one term as mayor after being elected in 2016. Petersen runs AKAAN Architecture + Design in St. Helens, and this election marks his first bid for mayor. Mayoral seats are reelected every two years in St. Helens.
St. Helens Mayor: Rick Scholl - 3,412
Al Petersen -1,598
Two positions were up for re-election on the St. Helens City Council — Pos. 1, currently held by Doug Morten, and Pos. 3, held by Susan Conn. Conn lost her bid for re-election to challenger Steve Topaz, who garnered just 42 more votes by Wednesday morning. City council members are elected to serve four year terms.
Morten, who has served on the council since 2007, ran against two political newcomers — Maggie Clayton, owner of Running Dogs Brewery, and Mark Griffith. Conn, who has served on the council since 2012 by appointment and was re-elected in 2015, was challenged for her seat by Topaz, a St. Helens resident who is known for his regular attendance at council meetings and vocal opinions about local politics. Topaz also previously ran for city council in 2016.
By the third round of vote totals, Morten held the lead in his run, while Topaz held a tight lead over Conn that was just enough to win the seat.
St. Helens City Council, Position 1:
St. Helens City Council, Position 3:
Scappoose City Council
Incumbent Scott Burge ran unopposed for the mayor's seat, and will embark on his next term as Scappoose mayor.
Three other council seats were up for grabs. Incumbent Mark Reed lost his seat to political newcomer Brandon Lesowske, while incumbents Joel Haugen and Josh Poling, both appointed to their positions prior to the election, will retain their council seats.
Mayor: Scott Burge (unopposed)- 2,352
Joel Haugen- 2,227
Josh Poling- 1,953
Brandon Lesowske- 1,763
Mark Reed- 1,212
The city of Columbia City was bound to get a new mayor this election cycle as longtime Mayor Cheryl Young announced earlier this year she would not file to run again, citing health concerns. The only person to file for the position was Casey Wheeler, the current executive director of the Columbia Pacific Food Bank.
As of 2 a.m. Wednesday, Wheeler had received 706 votes.
Mayor: Casey Wheeler (unopposed)- 786
Susan Ziglinski- 705
Gordon Thistle- 689
Columbia River PUD
Subdivision 1: Debbie Reed- 2,152
Guy Auker- 1,106
Subdivision 2: Craig Melton- 2,032 (unopposed)
Subdivision 5: Harry Price- 2,152 (unopposed)
Measure 5-270: 2nd Amendment preservation ordinance- YES- 12,699
This story previously contained an error in reporting the results for Columbia City City Council. The story has been updated to reflect correct information.