May 2014 Primary

Lane County

Faye Stewart and Jay Bozievich will not face run-off elections this fall. The Lane County Elections office finished re-counting votes in the West and East Lane County Commissioner races from May.

Elections officials in Lane County are re-tallying votes from the May primary. Both East Lane and West Lane County Commissioner races were so close that the Secretary of State said recounts are necessary.

Lane County Elections will have to conduct a recount in *two commissioner races. That's the latest from the Oregon Secretary of State who Tuesday said the East Lane County seat race was close enough to trigger an automatic recount. Now, it's been found the West Lane race also requires one.
Lane County spokeswoman Anne Marie Levis:

Lane County

The Lane County Elections Office announced Tuesday that the East Lane County Commissioner's race will require a recount.  

Incumbent Commissioner Faye Stewart faced three challengers in the May Primary.  Fifty-percent plus one vote is required to be elected.  But under Oregon law, an automatic recount is triggered if election results are too close.  

Lane County Spokeswoman Anne Marie Levis said it was initially unclear if Stewart's margin of 50-percent plus eight was enough to avoid an automatic recount.  The county sought clarification.  

Cedric Hayden

A first time candidate won the race to represent District 7 in the Oregon House of Representatives. Cedric Hayden of Fall Creek beat former Cottage Grove Mayor Gary Williams in the Republican primary. District 7 includes parts of Lane and Douglas Counties. No Democrat ran in the primary.

Hayden is not new to politics. His father Cedric Lee Hayden is a former Oregon legislator.  Hayden contributed to his own campaign and did a lot of fundraising and canvassing voters door-to-door. He says his priority is to bring jobs to the region.

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.

May Primary Election Results

May 20, 2014

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%
 

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.

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:

Angela Kellner

Entering Pleasant Hill from Eugene on Highway 58, drivers are greeted by a large banner hanging on the side of a parked van. It reads “No More Taxes! Vote No…Pleasant Hill School Bond.”  

Just down the road is another banner urging voters to approve the school bond measure. The community is split on the nearly $18-million dollar, 20-year bond to upgrade the elementary and high school.

Liam Moriarty / JPR

The people with perhaps the most direct economic stake in the fate of Jackson County’s proposed ban on growing genetically modified crops are the county’s farmers. Jefferson Public Radio’s Liam Moriarty visited Rogue Valley farmers who stand on opposite sides of Measure 15-119 to find out how they see it.

Harrisburg Fire Dept.

Voters in Harrisburg are considering a 20-year bond to raise $ 4.2 million for a new fire station. The measure would cost the average home-owner 88 cents per thousand dollars of assessed value annually.
The current fire station was built 50 years ago. The 75-hundred square foot building has only one bathroom and no live-in quarters. Harrisburg Fire Chief John Goucher says there's not enough space for equipment to be stored inside.

Oregon's GOP Senate Candidates Highlight Personal Stories

May 11, 2014

The race for the right to take on incumbent U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley is heating up in Oregon.

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.

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.

Lebanon-Express.com

Linn County Commissioner John Lindsey, who lives just south of Lebanon, faces an opponent in the  May 20th primary.  Fellow Republican and forestry   heavy-equipment operator Chanz Keeney of Sweet Home is challenging him for Commission Position One. As no Democrat has filed for the four-year term, the primary winner will be unopposed in the November general election.  KLCC’s Claude Offenbacher spoke with each candidate.  We hear first from the incumbent:

Elizabeth Gates

Yachats city officials are trying to get ahead of the curve this primary election.  They’re asking voters to pre-approve spending up to $400,000 to secure additional parking in the town core.

On a sunny summer weekend, the coastal town of Yachats is a busy place – hotel rooms are sold out and traffic through town is non-stop.

Brean: “I’ve heard as many as 10,000 people are in town on the 4th of July weekend.”

Yachats Mayor Ron Brean says the city just doesn’t have the parking capacity to meet the need.

Angela Kellner

The race for the position representing Springfield on the Lane County Board of Commissioners has attracted two challengers for incumbent Sid Leiken. Political newcomer Charmaine Rehg and Springfield City Councilor Sheri Moore are taking on the career politician.

Charmaine Rehg is a licensed practical nurse. The St. Louis native moved to Oregon less than 2½ year ago. She serves on the Willamette Jazz Society Board and is a member of the Washburne Homeowner’s Association. Rehg has never held elected office and explains why she’s running for the Lane County Board of Commissioners.

co.douglas.or.us

Voters in Douglas County have seven candidates to choose from for County Commission Position Two.

Joe Laurence is vacating his Douglas County Commissioner spot, so none of the seven candidates are incumbents. If no one receives over 50 percent of the vote, the top two candidates will face a runoff in November.

Sally McKain is president of the Umpqua Valley League of Women Voters. She says Douglas County voters have typical concerns for their commissioners:

David Nogueras

Republican voters in Oregon's 2nd Congressional District have more than one name to choose from in this month's primary election, for the first time in 8 years. Incumbent Greg Walden is running for his 9th term in Congress. Klamath County Commissioner Dennis Linthicum hopes to unseat him.

The latest filings from the Federal Election Commission show Walden holds a huge advantage in fundraising. He's raised more than 2 million dollars. Linthicum on the other hand has raised just over 18 thousand.

Benton County Commissioner Position 1 Candidates

May 5, 2014
Corvallis Gazette-Times

There are four candidates vying to become Benton County's next commissioner. The position is currently held by Linda Modrell, who is retiring after 15 years. Three Democrats and one Republican are seeking their party’s nomination for the May 20 primary. In November voters will decide who will work with current Commissioners Jay Dixon and Annabelle Jaramillo.

Ballots go in the mail Friday for the May 2014 Primary. Election Day is May 20th. Even though it's an off-year election-- with no presidential primary-- officials hope for a good voter turnout.
 

Only 39 percent of Oregon voters participated in the 2012 primary.  Lane County Clerk Cheryl Betschart expects turnout to be comparable this year-- but hopes for better.

Rachael McDonald

Making an impression on voters one-at-a-time could make a big difference in the contest for West Lane County Commissioner this month. Conservative commissioner Jay Bozievich is being challenged by moderate candidate Dawn Lesley. Both are relying on the "ground-game" to reach voters.

Bozievich: "Hello. I'm Jay Bozievich. I'm your County Commissioner and I'm running for re-election. I'm coming around asking people for their support for May 20th."

Lesley: "Hi. Are you Nancy?" I'm Dawn Lesley and this is my son Clayton and I'm running for County Commissioner."

Karen Richards

After two recent bond defeats, Fern Ridge school buildings have only fallen into further disrepair. Bond proponents in Veneta and Elmira have high hopes their measure will pass in May.

The Fern Ridge School District serves a growing community of about 10 thousand people in Walton, Noti, Veneta and Elimira. The 26-million dollar bond would pay for facilities and technology. Almost half the funds would be used to replace Elmira Elementary School. Jackie Turle is the principal there. She says the 65-year old building isn't healthy for kids or staff.

On Friday, May 9 from Noon to 1 p.m., KLCC will host a Candidates Forum for the East Lane County Commissioner’s race, live in the KLCC studio.  KLCC News Director Tripp Sommer will ask questions of the four candidates:

Faye Stewart  (Incumbent)

Joann Ernst

Kevin Matthews

Recorded on: April 25th, 2014

Air Date: April 28th, 2014 

The nonpartisan West Lane County Commissioner represents the western portion of the county from West Eugene north to Junction City and west to the coast. Lane County commissioners will face many challenges in the years ahead, including adjustments to a new county administrator, budget issues caused by decreased federal funding, and rapid expansion of the county’s Community Health Centers to address the needs of the newly insured.

City of Eugene

Filing opened earlier in September for candidates hoping to run for local office.  There was a smattering of activity, but the only incumbent to declare candidacy early on was Lane County Commissioner Faye Stewart.

Now two more incumbents have made it official.

Eugene City Councilor George Poling says he will run for a fourth term.  Poling represents Ward 4 – northeast Eugene – and currently serves on the LTD–EMX Steering committee and the Travel Lane County Committee.