The Vote Is In

She may be the strongest Republican candidate in Oregon in years. But recent revelations could make it tough going for Dr. Monica Wehby in this November’s general election.

The Portland pediatric surgeon easily beat State Representative Jason Conger to grab the GOP nomination to face incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley.

Wehby has attracted a lot of out of state support for her campaign. But the campaign is also drawing attention to her personal life which includes accusations of abuse by a former husband and stalking by a former boyfriend.

The race for the chair of the Multnomah County Commission began and ended with the primary. Former State Representative Deborah Kafoury easily out-distanced former Portland Commissioner Jim Francesconi. The winning margin means Kafoury will not face a November run-off.

Voters in Beaverton are willing to dig deep into their pockets for better schools. They have approved a $680-million school bond measure. The largest bond of its kind in state history will be used to pay for school repairs, modernization and renovation projects.

The Portland Water Bureau has been accused of rates that are too high and spending that is too exorbitant. But neither charge was good enough to convince voters to take water and sewers out of city hands and give them over to an independently elected board.

Measure 26-156 was easily defeated.

Oregon voters like their food clean.

Two counties – Jackson and Jefferson – passed measures outlawing GMO’s, genetically modified crops. The ballot brought in a lot of out of state money in an effort to defeat them. The effort failed.

There could be a hitch however. Last October, Oregon lawmakers passed a bill giving the state authority over seeds.

The law exempted Jackson County, where the crops measure had already qualified for the May ballot. The measure in Josephine County was put on the ballot after the new law took effect.

An anti-GMO measure could also be on the state-wide ballot in November.

More results are available at the Oregon Secretary of State website.

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