Election results for May 15
Editor's note: The following results were updated May 21.
Ballots have been counted for the 2018 Oregon primary election. Candidacies are contested in several State Senate districts as well as Oregon's 5th Congressional District.
At the state level, Gov. Kate Brown has won the Democratic primary with 81.95 percent of the vote, and Knute Buehler has a solid lead in the Republican primary, with 45.99 percent of the vote, over Sam Carpenter, who garnered the second highest number of votes at 28.91 percent.
Incumbent 5th District Rep. Kurt Schrader defeated Democratic primary opponent Peter Wright with 86.12 percent of the vote.
Wright entered the race in protest of Schrader's support for House Resolution 38, which allows concealed carry gun owners to carry in all 50 states, according to a column Wright wrote for the Lake Oswego Review in March.
The Republican 5th District primary has been a three-way race between Mark Callahan, an information technology professional, Joey Nations, a policy analyst, and Robert Reynolds, a business development manager. Callahan, who unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate against incumbent Ron Wyden (D) in 2016, has garnered 61.71 percent of the primary vote, compared to Nations' 20.70 percent and Reynolds' 16.70 percent.
In Senate District 11 (Woodburn/Gervais/Salem), Sen. Peter Courtney appears to have defeated newcomer Joyce Judy in the Democratic primary with a 64.05 percent of the vote over Judy's 35.30 percent.
Courtney will face the sole Republican candidate Greg Warnock, a program management executive and U.S. National Guard veteran. A charity founded by Warnock, the Oregon War Veterans Association, was shut down in 2014 by the Oregon Department of Justice, according to reporting by the Oregonian. The Department of Justice accused Warnock of using the charity to enrich himself and ordered him to pay $746,000 in restitution.
Senate District 13 (Keizer/St. Paul/Newberg) Republican incumbent Sen. Kim Thatcher is running unopposed in the primary. Thatcher's Democratic challenger in the general election will likely be Paul Diller, a law professor from Willamette University who received 56.11 percent of the vote over Sarah Grider, an educational assistant at Newberg High School and U.S. Army veteran, who received 42.95 percent.
Diller's platform supports improving public transportation, increasing funding to public schools and improving public health.
House District 18 (Silverton/Mount Angel/Hubbard) Republican Rep. Rick Lewis is unopposed in the primary. It appears Lewis will face Democrat Barry Shapiro, who brought in 73.15 percent of the Democratic primary vote over Doug Culver, who got 25.62 percent of the vote.
Neither Democrat has previous political experience. Shapiro is a photography teacher, and Culver is an in-home care provider. Shapiro's platform supports affordable health care, protection of agricultural land and legal reform for Dreamers. Culver supports creating a sales tax, investing in public infrastructure and creating more affordable housing.
Marion County Commissioner Kevin Cameron has clinched the Republican primary nomination for Position 1, defeating registered nurse Mark Pease with 76.66 percent of the vote versus Pease's 23.13 percent.
In November, Cameron will face teacher, attorney and activist Shelaswau Crier, who ran unopposed as Democratic candidate for commission Position 1. Crier's platform includes improving mental health care and providing affordable housing.
A wide field of candidates were in the race for commissioner Position 2, with two Republicans and three Democrats vying for their parties' endorsements of the seat.
Republicans Colm Willis and Brad Nanke faced off for the Commissioner 2 position, being vacated by Janet Carlson, with Willis coming out on top, garnering 75.14 percent of the Republican vote. Willis ran for U.S. House District 5 in 2016 and lost against Kurt Schrader with 43 percent of the vote. His platform includes saving Detroit Lake, building a third bridge over the Willamette River, and increasing funding to address homelessness. Nanke, who has served as a Salem city councilor since 2000 and is a member of the Board of Directors for the League of Oregon Cities, received 24.66 percent of the Republican vote.
Of the three Democrats who have fought for Position 2, Marion County Clerk Bill Burgess has garnered the majority of the vote with 51.62 percent of the vote. Silverton City Councilor Matthew Plummer received 14.90 percent and Sadie Carney, an employee with the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development, received 33.12 percent.
House District 22 (Woodburn/Gervais/North Salem) Democrat Rep. Teresa Alonso Leon has run unopposed in the primary, as did her general election opponent, Republican Marty Heyen. Heyen has served on the Salem Keizer School Board and Marion County Parks Commission.
Both House District 25 (Keizer/St. Paul/Newberg) Republican incumbent Bill Post and his general election challenger Democrat Dave McCall are unopposed in the primary. McCall is a Keizer resident and former Salem branch manager of the security company Oregon Armored Service.
Measure 24-428, which would implement a levy for Aurora Rural Fire Protection District replacing a current levy for emergency fire and medical services, failed with 52.41 percent voting no versus 47.59 percent voting yes.
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