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Election results: Swenson wins, Aurora water ballot passes, Donald police bid failing

PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - Voter weighs in her ballot in at the Marion County Drop Box at Donald City Hall. City of Donald had a  money issues on the ballot as voters weighed in on a local law enforcement option.The final unofficial tallies from the Marion County Elections Office show Gervais School District's facilities bond failed by a roughly 58% to 42% margin.

By Friday, May 20, the latest tallies on the bond from the May 17 ballot showed that 547 voters cast ballots in favor while 767 were opposed. The district has not passed a bond this century, and many bond supporters worried that lack of funding could eventually force GSD to become absorbed me neighboring school districts.

City of Donald's bond, which would have provided the town with a full-time sheriff's deputy, appeared to fail by a thin margin with 105 votes in favor and 123 opposed, while Aurora's water services measure passed by a nearly 60% to 40% margin: 248 for and 173 against.

In local and regional races:

Also by Friday Woodburn Mayor Eric Swenson's lead held steady over his two opponents vying for the Democratic nomination for State Senate District 11; Swenson had almost 45% of the vote, while former Keizer City Councilor Richard Walsh had around 35% and Anthony Rosilez carried about 20%.

Swenson said he is honored by the opportunity to run as the District 11 Democratic candidate, and he put in some serious footwork to earn the honor.COURTESY PHOTO - Woodburn Mayor Eric Swenson, Woodburn Independent - Opinion

"Knocking on more than 3,000 doors gave me a better understanding and appreciation for those living in this senate district," Swenson said. "I look forward to meeting even more voters this fall.

"The issues facing our state and our world could not be more serious — the environment, an economy that works for everyone and an education system in need of reform -- and I look forward to a vigorous and respectful campaign that focuses about those issues this fall."

Swenson will face Sen. Kim Thatcher, who easily won the District 11 Republican primary.

When the boundaries of her current district were redrawn earlier, Thatcher, of Keizer, was redrawn out of that district. She currently serves District 13, while District 11 is served by Peter Courtney who announced earlier this year that he would not seek another term.

In Oregon's new U.S. Representative District 6, Andrea Salinas of Lake Oswego outlasted all others in a crowded race to represent Democrats in the fall. Second-place candidate Carrick Flynn issued a concession comment late on election night.

""Obviously, these are not the results we were hoping to see tonight. I congratulate State Representative Andrea Salinas on her victory and offer my full support," Flynn said.

"I will absolutely be out there knocking on doors and calling voters as a volunteer for her campaign," he added. "It is vital that this seat turn blue and Democrats retain control of the House. I believe she'll win this fall and become a strong voice for the voters of this district in Congress."

Mike Erickson won an equally crowded Republican contest to face Salinas in the fall for the U.S. Representative District 6.

Salinas' campaign said if she is elected in the fall, she would become Oregon's first Latina member of Congress.

"Thank you to every single voter, volunteer, and supporter. This grassroots campaign accomplished something spectacular and of historic significance tonight, and I am so grateful," Salinas said. "I am ready to win this seat in November and work hard to expand access to abortion care, tackle the climate crisis, and lower the cost of prescription drugs. I am running to represent working families and fight for a better future for all Oregonians."

Former Happy Valley Mayor Lori Chavez-DeRemer is the Republican nominee for U.S. Representative District 5 with 42% of the vote in a crowded field.

Central Oregon attorney Jamie McLeod-Skinner was leading a one-on-one primary run against District 5 incumbent Kurt Schrader, with 61% of the vote. The race remained uncertain due to staggered returns from Clackamas County.

Woodburn School District Chair Anthony Medina is running unopposed for the Democratic nomination of State Representative District 22. Tracy M Cramer of Keizer will be his opponent in the fall as she breezed by Jim Lowder in the Republican race.

In State Representative District 18, Republican Rick Lewis and Democrat Jesse S Smith ran unopposed and will face off in the general election.

In the rare contested race for Marion County District Attorney, incumbent Paige Clarkson has a 53-to 47-percent win over public-defender challenger Spencer Todd.


In the inundated governor's race, former Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek is headed toward the fall as the Democratic candidate, while former Republican House leader Christine Drazan of Canby is the likely Republican one; she led Bob Tiernan with 24 percent of the vote to 19 percent by the end of the evening with more votes to be counted.

Former Democratic State Senator Betsy Johnson is also vying for governor as an independent.

Christina E. Stephenson topped all 7 candidates in the race to become Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries commissioner.

Paltry turnout

Data released from the Oregon Secretary of State's Office show that Oregon has 2,948,373 registered voters, and about 33% voted in this election. Marion County's turnout was about on par with the state average as 70,284 of the county's 217,986 registered voters cast ballots.PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - Official Ballot Drop Boxes were popular sites to visit around the are on May 17 and voters would determine multiple-level representation for the November general election.

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