Politics & Government

May 2014 Primary
11:51 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Wait Until Friday For Too Close To Call Races In Lane County

Candidates for two seats on the Board of Lane County Commissioners and supporters of the Pleasant Hill school levy will be in limbo for a couple of days. The Lane County Elections office is sorting through the last ballots cast in the Primary Election. The office will not release an updated vote count until late Friday.

If you think your vote doesn’t count, think again. It's too close to call in the West Lane County Commissioners race. Unofficial results posted at midnight Tuesday show incumbent Jay Bozievich ahead of challenger Dawn Lesley by just 45 votes.

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May 2014 Primary
12:02 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Too Close To Call For Lesley/Bozievich Race For West Lane County Commissioner

It's still too close to call in the race for West Lane County Commissioner. The latest results have incumbent Jay Bozevich ahead of challenger Dawn Lesley by just 45 votes.  At this point Bozievich has 50.04 percent of votes cast.

Incumbent Faye Stewart seems to be holding onto his East Lane County Commissioner seat. He's ahead of challenger Kevin Matthews with 50.25 percent of votes.

May 2014 Primary
7:22 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

May Primary Election Results

Last updated Wednesday at 9:10am

Note: For more comprehensive results, click on section header.

Statewide:

United States Senator - Democrat
Pavel Goberman    2.92%
Jeff Merkley          91.59%
William Bryk         3.96%

United States Senator – Republican
Monica Wehby        50.38%
Jo Rae Perkins         2.83%
Mark Callahan         6.80%
Timothy I Crawley     2.42%
Jason Conger         37.20%
 

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May 2014 Primary
11:40 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Primary Election Turnout Sluggish So Far

The deadline to vote in Oregon’s primary election is Tuesday. Voters have until 8 p.m. to drop off their ballots at official county drop sites. Statewide turn-out so far is just under 20 percent.

As of Monday morning, just over 41 thousand Lane County voters had cast their ballots. Lane County Clerk Cheryl Betschart says that’s about 20 percent of registered voters.

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City Club of Eugene
8:43 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Update On Lane Metro

Recorded on: May 16th, 2014
Air Date: May 19th, 2014

City Club members and guests will hear about the future of economic development in Lane County with one of the most experienced experts on the subject on May 16. State Representative John Lively will discuss the history and the future of the Lane Metro Partnership. He will relate some success stories and provide an update on the group’s status.

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May 2014 Primary
6:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

DeBone, Esterman Vie for Deschutes Cty. Commission GOP Nomination

Tony DeBone

Only one of the three commission positions in Deschutes County  -- Position 1 --is contested in the May 20 Primary.  Incumbent Tony DeBone (Dee-Bone) of LaPine faces challenger Richard Esterman of Sisters for the Republican nomination to the four-year partisan position.

As the only Democrat to file, Jodie Barram of Bend will face the winner in November.

KLCC’s Claude Offenbacher spoke with both GOP candidates.  Here’s Tony DeBone:

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Politics & Government
9:46 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Lane County Commissioners Cancel Large Events At Emerald Meadows Park

Emerald Meadows Park, east of Eugene
Credit Rachael McDonald

The Lane County Board of Commissioners has suspended large events at Emerald Meadows beginning in 2015.  Last summer, neighbors surrounding the park near Mt. Pisgah complained about noise and trash from the Kaleidoscope Music Festival.  A task force of neighbors and promoters agreed to mitigation for this summer’s events, but they could not settle on policies for subsequent years.Tuesday’s vote cancels previously contracted events in 2015, including the Dirty Dash and Faerieworlds.

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May 2014 Primary
4:09 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

East Lane County Commissioner Candidates Comment On Redistricting

East Lane District Map

At noon on Friday, KLCC hosted a candidate forum for the East Lane County Commissioner race. Incumbent Faye Stewart and challengers Joann Ernst, Jose Ortal, and Kevin Matthews answered questions from KLCC listeners and local leaders.

Candidates gave opening statements, then took questions. Issues ranged from rural homelessness to public safety and discrimination laws. Some candidates were prepared with scripts. Everyone was able to answer questions completely in the one-minute response time.

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Politics & Government
2:33 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

KLCC Hosted Live Candidate Forum for East Lane County Commissioner Race

Candidates for the East Lane County Commissioner Race attend a live, on-air forum at KLCC.
Credit Karen Richards

    

Ten year incumbent Faye Stewart is being challenged for his seat on the Lane County Board of Commissioners. Joann Ernst, Kevin Matthews and Jose Ortal are running against Stewart for the East Lane County District 5 position. A fifth candidate, Jack Schoolcraft, is "refraining from any further public comment" during the race.

Friday at noon, the four active candidates participated in a live forum. KLCC News Director Tripp Sommer moderated the event. Questions were submitted in advance by listeners and candidates gave timed responses to a variety of issues.

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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Oregon Supreme Court Allows GMO Labeling Initiative To Move Forward

Thursday, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled that an initiative requiring labeling of foods containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) will move forward. Oregon Right to Know is a coalition working to give Oregonians more information about the food they’re purchasing. Before the initiative makes it to the ballot, supporters have to collect more than 87 thousand signatures. Spokesman Sandeep Kaushik says they plan to hit the streets next week.

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