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ELECTION RESULTS: Palmer wins Grant County commissioner race

Prairie City mayor race will await write-in count Wednesday.

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on November 6, 2018 8:13PM

Last changed on November 6, 2018 10:14PM

Sam Palmer has been elected as a Grant County commissioner.

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Sam Palmer has been elected as a Grant County commissioner.

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Prairie City Mayor Jim Hamsher, who launched a write-in campaign for the position, looks at election results Tuesday evening.

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Prairie City Mayor Jim Hamsher, who launched a write-in campaign for the position, looks at election results Tuesday evening.

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Grant County Clerk Brenda Percy takes a break from ballot counting on Nov. 7.

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Grant County Clerk Brenda Percy takes a break from ballot counting on Nov. 7.

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Sam Palmer has been elected as a Grant County commissioner.

Palmer received 2,027 votes (54.3 percent) over candidate Gordon Larson, who received 1,686 (45.2 percent), according to unofficial election results released Tuesday evening.

With a 74.5 percent turnout rate, 3,916 ballots were received in Grant County in last week’s election.

In the race for Prairie City mayor, incumbent Jim Hamsher received 218 write-in votes to win the election. Frances Preston received 107, Carole Garrison received 87 and write-in candidate Taci Philbrook received 59.

For three seats on the John Day City Council, incumbents Shannon Adair received 471, Paul Smith received 431 and Gregg Haberly received 372. Former mayor, councilor and commissioner Chris Labhart received 363.

For three Prairie City Council seats, Scott Officer received 314, Chase McClung received 227 and Tisha Packard received 203, followed by Chantal Desjardin with 198, Les Church with 180 and Eddy Hicks with 146.

In a close race for two seats on the Mt. Vernon City Council, Bryan Montague received 137, Mitchel Wilson received 126 and Jan Lowry received 123.

In the race for Long Creek City Council Position 4, Denise Porter received 55 votes over Dan Morrow with 42. For Position 3, Alvin Hunt received 47 over Lou Springstead with 31 and Leslie Barnett with 19.

In Monument, where no candidates registered for three city council seats, Jabe Philip Merricks won the race for Position 4 with nine write-in votes, and Sherry Carpenter won the race for Position 5 with 14 write-in votes. Stephanie Gilbert and Rusty Baughman each received four write-in votes for Position 6. County Clerk Brenda Percy said it will be up to the Monument City Council to decide how to settle the tie vote.

Republican Cliff Bentz secured 38,965 votes over Democratic challenger Solea Kabakov, who received 15,091, in the race for state senator for district 30.

Republican Lynn Findley received 18,079 votes to be elected as state representative for the 60th district.

For state governor, Democrat Kate Brown won reelection, defeating Republican challenger Knute Buehler. Brown received 910,435 votes over challenger Knute Buehler with 796,883.

For U.S. representative, incumbent Rep. Greg Walden won re-election over Democratic challenger Jamie McLeod-Skinner, 203,565 to 141,036

In uncontested Grant County races:

• Brenda Percy was elected county clerk with 2,938 votes.

• For three seats on the Canyon City Council, Don Mooney received 228, Jim Johnston received 212 and Francis Kocis received 201.

• Ilah Bennett was elected mayor of Dayville with 62 votes.

• Emmaleigh Larson was elected to Dayville City Council Position 2 with 61 votes.

• Joseph Michael Letosky was elected to Dayville City Council Position 3 with 57 votes.

• Valli Hettinga was elected to Dayville City Countil Position 4 with 66 votes.

• Todd Lounsbury was elected to one at-large seat on the Granite City Council with six votes. Two write-in votes were received for another open seat.

• In the race for Granite mayor, Ronald Ray Simonis received five votes. Write-in candidates received four votes.

• Ron Lundbom was re-elected as John Day mayor with 491 votes.

• Don Porter received 68 votes in the Long Creek mayor race.

• Kenny Delano was re-elected Mt. Vernon mayor with 197 votes.

• Sue Holliday and Barbara Northington each received 68 votes, and Lilly Foster received 65 votes, for three seats on the Seneca City Council.

• Roger Ediger and Joanne Keerins were elected in separate races for positions on the Grant Soil and Water Conservation District board.

• Andrew Watkins, James Bahrenburg and Brian Campbell were elected in separate races for the Monument Soil and Water Conservation District board.







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