Local Election Results


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Both candidates for the Redmond Mayoral race have previously served as Mayor of Redmond. George Endicott has held the office for the past 10 year, this election signifies an extension of his service of at least two years. Fitch served as mayor from 1998 until he resigned in 2001. Ed Fitch sought to expand growth of industry and the Redmond COCC campus by working with the Federal Aviation Administration to sell the land surround the Redmond airport. Endicott seeks to work with the Oregon Department of Transportation to develop safety improvements to the U.S. Highway 97 corridor.


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Redmond’s City Council was initially a three person race; however the last minute entry of Josefina Riggs made it a competitive race. In the end Jon Bullock, Jay Patrick, and Krisanna Clark-Endicott won the three seats. Bullock, the Executive Director of RPA, was perviously appointed to fill a vacancy on City Council. Clark-Endicott previously served as mayor of Sherwood, Oregon until her resignation in 2017. She is married to the reelected Mayor Endicott. Patrick is a Redmond native candidate and has served since 2014.


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With the retirement of Republican Gene Whisnant, after serving since 2003, the seat for Oregon State Representative for the 53rd District became a promising district for a Democratic challenger. Both candidates were similar in many ways — both were moderates who has experience serving in the U.S. Navy. A distinguishing factor between the two, which some point to as the reason for the Democrat’s defeat, is Eileen Kiely’s support of gun reform. Jack Zika intends to use the seat to combat rising housing costs, reduce governmental spending, and reform the PERS retirement system.


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Oregon's 54th State House District is notable for it’s voters’ ideological flexibility. Though it harbors a Democratic majority, it has elected Republicans to office since 2011. Gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler hails from this district, and in his moderate footsteps follows Cheri Helt. Helt, a former member of the Bend-La Pine School Board, is fiscally conservative yet socially moderate, much like her predecessor. Nathan Boddie, the Democratic challenger, face scandal in his bid for the seat, costing him the support of his party and ultimately contributing to the bipartisan support Helt received. Amanda Labell resigned from the race after it came out she had lied in some of the statements in her voter pamphlet.


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In the first mayoral election in the City of Bend, the tourism industry and organizations like Visit Bend served as the focal point for debate. Both Bill Mosley and Sally Russell had experience as city counsel-people; but Moseley proved an opponent of the rapid growth and tourism Bend has struggled with while Russell allied herself with the city’s tourism industry. In the end, voters affirmed Russell’s views, appointing her as Bend’s first mayor.


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Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District is the 7th largest in the nation. Encompassing swaths of rural Oregon, Democratic challenger’s chances are slim at best. In his 20 years serving as a Congressperson, Greg Walden has put forward bipartisan legislation to improve the treatment of fire-prone forests and made improvements to federal forest policy — all of which he used to juxtapose himself to his challenger, Jamie McLeod-Skinner. Independent Mark Roberts built his campaign on replacing Walden with a non-Democratic candidate he hoped voters would turn to but ultimately was unsuccessful. This election affirms Walden’s steadfast appeal to his constituency.


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The Buehler v. Brown gubernatorial race was a test of Oregon voter’s ideological flexibility. Buehler was in many ways a promising candidate: he was socially progressive and represented a change in government that many Oregonians seek. Nevertheless, as a Republican running for state-wide office in a blue state, the political climate of 2018 served only to hurt his prospects; the election to many represented a referendum on Donald Trump’s presidency. With a supermajority in both bodies of the legislature, Kate Brown now plans to set in motion sweeping legislation to combat climate change.


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Of all the ballot initiatives, Measure 102 was the one with the most bi-partisan support, so its affirmation does not come as a surprise. The amendment will allow local governances to use funds to support housing projects owned by non-governmental entities. Proponents of the bill say it will provide new options for affordable housing at an accelerated pace, while those opposed have voices concerns about governmental funds going to private entities.


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Preposed as a means to prevent taxes on groceries and soda, Measure 103 faced opposition because of its overly-broad wording. By defining groceries as “any raw or processed food or beverage intended for human consumption except alcoholic beverages, marijuana products, and tobacco products” the bill was open to be interpreted to prevent taxes on any establishment that serves food. The measure was largely a precaution, there is no statewide tax on groceries; however some cities have preposed taxes of this nature.


Measure 104 sought to require a three-fifths supermajority to raise revenue in the state. The broad definition of raise revenue present in the bill raised concerns about the gridlock this bill might have caused. Critics of the bill worried it would give the minority overrepresentation in raising state revenue.


Measure 105 was an uphill battle from the start. The intent of the bill was to repeal Oregon’s sanctuary law passed in July of 1987 and allow state resources to be used in cooperation with federal law enforcement working to counter illegal immigration. Support for the measure polled behind the opposition since its introduction.


Measure 106, aiming to establish a constitutional amendment to prohibit state funds being spent on abortion, was rejected by a higher margin of voters than any other measure on the ballot. Supporters of the bill had been trying to garner support for a ballot measure since 2006, but each year fell short of the required signatures. Opponents of the bill worried that the increased birthrate would results in a hike in taxpayer spending. The Oregon ACLU spoke out against the bill as an infringement on the right to abortion.