Hall fell short of mark needed to win outright

RobinsonIn the race for Clackamas County Clerk, incumbent Sherry Hall and challenger David Robinson will likely face off again in a run-off election this fall, as initial polling results from the primary election Tuesday showed Hall pulling in 17,248 of the 41,586 votes cast (41.5 percent) while Robinson won 12,414 votes (29.9 percent).

To win outright in a nonpartisan race, a candidate must garner at least 50 percent of the votes, plus one.

In a five-person field, Robinson, a West Linn resident, was followed by Mark Meek (6,943 votes, or 16.7 percent), Linda Neace (3,594 votes, or 8.6 percent) and Barbara A. Stringham (1,238 votes, or 3 percent).

“The results were about in line with what I was expecting,” Robinson said. “I think it was telling that 60 percent of voters went with ‘not Sherry Hall.’”

Hall declined to comment on the results.

Hall, who has served as County Clerk since 2003, garnered the most votes in Tuesday’s primary despite a ballot tampering controversy that emerged in 2012.

Back in the May 2010 primary election, Hall’s office misprinted ballots to include a race that was supposed to be on the ballot for the November general election, which cost taxpayers $120,000 to correct. Then ballot tampering was discovered Oct. 31, 2012, in which a temporary worker admitted to altering ballots.

Moving forward, Robinson plans to re-evaluate and prepare for the November run-off.

“I had a campaign plan for the primary,” Robinson said. “We’ll have to see if any adjustments need to be made, and make those adjustments.”

Robinson, 46, moved to West Linn in March 2013 with his wife, Sandy Webb, and their two chocolate Labs. In 2010, Robinson ran against former U.S. Rep. David Wu and lost. Though a Democrat, Robinson chose to run as a nonpartisan in the election for county clerk.

Robinson said he decided to run for county elections official after the ballot tampering controversy emerged in 2012, stating that the county clerk’s position needed “new blood.”

Tuesday’s results reinforced that notion, in Robinson’s eyes.

“It’s heartening that the majority agree it’s more than time for someone new to be standing in the clerk’s office,” Robinson said.”

By Patrick Malee
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