CANYON CITY - By a slim margin in the Nov. 5 general election, Grant County citizens agreed to petition the U.S. Congress for title to public lands in the county and voted to form a public forest commission with ostensible authority over federal forests.
Voters also elected write-in candidate Lee Carter of Portland to the position of Grant County district attorney over hometown challenger Mike Kilpatrick of Mt. Vernon; chose newcomer Boyd Britton of John Day over incumbent Leonard Trafton, also of John Day, to Trafton's seat on the Grant County Court; and cast ballots overwhelmingly for Republican gubernatorial candidate Kevin Mannix, only to watch the state race for governor stagger into a neck-and-neck contest between Mannix and Democrat Ted Kulongoski. By 11 p.m. Nov. 5, with 606 of 1,002 state precincts reporting, the race still was too close to call. Mannix had received 399,453 votes (47.97 percent), Kulongoski 394,664 votes (47.39 percent) and Tom Cox, the Libertarian candidate, 38,679 votes (4.64 percent).
At the congressional level, incumbent Republican Sen. Gordon Smith appeared to easily win re-election over Democratic challenger Bill Bradbury. Again, with 606 of 1,002 precincts reporting, Smith was declared the winner with 486,765 votes (58.02 percent). Bradbury claimed 318,905 votes (38.01 percent), and Libertarian Dan Fitzgerald tallied 19,391 votes (2.31 percent) while Constitutional Party candidate Lon Mabon had 13,935 votes (1.66 percent). Grant County voters backed Smith by a margin of five to one (2,781 votes for Smith to 558 votes for Bradbury).
Local voters were confronted by 12 state measures and three county measures - two of the local measures sought local control and jurisdiction over federal land, the third asked to update the charter of Canyon City. The charter measure passed 212-49 (81.2 percent).
The local-control measures passed but not by the wide margin that their predecessors on the May 21 ballot enjoyed. Those earlier measures established a "right to stewardship" on public lands and barred United Nations activities within the county. This election cycle, Measure 39, which establishes a locally elected Grant County Public Forest Commission, passed 1,634-1,579 (50.9 percent); Measure 40, which petitions the Congress to deed public lands to the county, passed 1,796-1,436 (55.6 percent).
Following are results of the most controversial statewide measures on the Nov. 5 ballot (with 60 percent of precincts reporting):
Measure 23 - Oregon Comprehensive Health Care Finance Plan: Creates health care finance plan for medically necessary services; creates additional income, payroll taxes. Statewide - Failed 646,687-163,636 (80 percent opposed); Grant County - Failed 2,759-541 (83.6 percent opposed).
Measure 27 - Requires labeling of genetically engineered foods sold or distributed in or from Oregon. Statewide - Failed 597,490-224,649 (73 percent opposed); Grant County - Failed 2,744-630 (81.3 percent opposed).
Measure 25 - Increases Oregon minimum wage to $6.90 in 2003; increase for inflation in future years. Statewide - Passed 422,966-398,662 (51 percent supported); Grant County - Failed 1,711-1,657 (50.8 percent opposed).
Other measure results included:
Measure 14 - Amends the Oregon Constitution: Removes historical racial references in obsolete sections of Oregon Constitution, Article VII, Article XVIII. Statewide - Passed 545,078-241,105 (69 percent supported); Grant County - Passed 1,872-1,386 (57.5 percent supported).
Measure 15 - Amends the Oregon Constitution: Authorizes state to issue general obligation bonds for seismic rehabilitation of public education buildings (earthquake reinforcement). Statewide - Passed 419,703-373,580 (53 percent supported); Grant County - Failed 1,877-1,337 (58.4 percent opposed).
Measure 16 - Amends the Oregon Constitution: Authorizes state to issue general obligation bonds for seismic rehabilitation of emergency services buildings (earthquake reinforcement). Statewide - Passed 420,219-369,368 (53 percent supported); Grant County - Failed 1,909-1,304 (59.4 percent opposed).
Measure 17 - Amends the Oregon Constitution: Reduces minimum age requirement to serve as state legislator from 21 years to 18 years. Statewide - Failed 611,188-420,219 (75 percent opposed); Grant County - Failed 2,702-648 (80.7 percent opposed).
Measure 18 - Amends the Oregon Constitution: Allows certain tax districts to establish permanent property tax rates and divide into tax zones. Statewide - Failed 477,775-288,041 (62 percent opposed); Grant County - Failed 2,170-984 (68.8 percent opposed).
Measure 21 - Amends the Oregon Constitution: Revises procedure for filling judicial vacancies, electing judges; allows vote for "none of the above." Statewide - Failed 437,193-337,846 (56 percent opposed); Grant County - Failed 1,657-1,556 (51.6 percent opposed).
Measure 22 - Amends the Oregon Constitution: Requires Oregon Supreme Court judges and Court of Appeals judges to be elected by district. Statewide - Toss-up 399,407-393,842 (50 percent); Grant County - Passed 2,113-1,147 (64.8 percent supported).
Measure 24 - Allows licensed denturists to install partial dentures; authorizes cooperative dentist-denturist business ventures. Statewide - Passed 594,151-193,802 (75 percent supported); Grant County - Passed 2,473-769 (76.3 percent supported).
Measure 26 - Amends the Oregon Constitution: Prohibits payment, receipt of payment based on the number of initiative, referendum petition signatures obtained. Statewide - Passed 598,526-204,056 (75 percent supported); Grant County - Passed 2,256-981 (69.7 percent supported).
Grant County measures on the ballot included:
Measure 39: Asserts local control of public lands through election of a commission: "The People of Grant County ... shall assume the responsibility to manage public lands within Grant County by creating a commission comprised of seven commissioners to be elected at-large by the People of Grant County. The commission shall be called the Grant County Public Forest Commission and shall have jurisdiction to create and administer policies for lands and natural resources in the Public Domain within Grant County." Grant County - Passed 1,634-1,579 (50.9 percent supported).
Measure 40: Seeks title to public lands: It is a measure to "lawfully petition the United States Congress to dispose of all land in the public domain in Grant County, in the State of Oregon, and transfer title of said land to Grant County." Grant County - Passed 1,796-1,436 (55.6 percent supported).
Measure 41: Revision of the Canyon City charter. A vote on the charter revision was required by law and dealt with language updates. The city council revised the charter because the language had remained unchanged since 1978. Grant County - Passed 212-49 (81.2 percent supported).
Following are results in the national and statewide races:
U.S. Senator: Statewide - Gordon Smith (R) 479,861-Bill Bradbury (D) 304,838; Grant County - Smith 2,781-Bradbury 558.
U.S. Representative: Statewide - Greg Walden (R) 154,362-Peter Buckley (D) 55,926; Grant County - Walden 2,902-Buckley 440.
Governor: Statewide - Kevin Mannix (R) 383,354-Ted Kulongoski (D) 377,059-Tom Cox (L) 42,019; Grant County - Mannix 2,613-Kulongoski 703-Cox 115.
House 59th District: Statewide - Jim Gilbertson (D) 8,336-John Mabrey (R) 8,015; Grant County - Mabrey 2,062-Gilbertson 759.
House 60th District: Statewide - Tom Butler (R) 12,510-Roxanna Swann (D) 4,869; Grant County - Butler 268-Swann 54.
Judge of the Oregon Tax Court: Statewide - Henry Breithaupt 507,782. Grant County - Breithaupt 1,766-Undervote 1,703-Write-in 33.
Grant County Court - Boyd Britton (R) 2,292-Leonard Trafton (D) 1,067-Write-in 11.
Grant County District Attorney - Lee Carter (Write-in) 1,781-Mike Kilpatrick 1,455-Undervote 276.
Grant County Soil and Water Zone 1 - Joanne Keerins 2,272-Undervote 1,020-Write-in 22.
Grant County Soil and Water At Large - John Morris 2,137-Undervote 1,145-Write-in 22.
Monument Soil and Water Zone 1 - Write-in 87-Joan Silver 62-Undervote 33.
Monument Soil and Water At Large - Write-in 100-Undervote 82.
City council races:
Canyon City - Councilperson At Large (three seats): Don Jones 203-Dorman Gregory 184-Diane Blake 142-Undervote 130-Bill Pollack 106-Bill Supulski 63-Write-in 3.
Dayville - Councilperson Positions 2 and 3: No candidates filed. Councilperson Position 4: Kendall Derby 43. Mayor: Peggy Adams 45-Undervote 15-Write-in 3.
John Day - Councilperson (three seats): Undervote 775-Gene Officer 495-Chris Labhart 492-Don Caldwell 462-Write-in 18. Mayor: Roger Simonsen 578-Undervote 145-Write-in 26.
Granite - Councilperson At Large (two seats): Tom Case 24-Linda Martin 23-Paul R. Schnitzer 14-Write-in 1. Mayor: Patricia Fielding 19-Write-in 11-Undervote 7.
Long Creek - Councilperson Position 3: Amy Kreger 43-Phil Lynall 29-Sherri Fairfield 26-Undervote 5. Councilperson Position 4: Frank Denton 78-Undervote 23-Write-in 2. Mayor: Cliff Smith 65-Dale Martin 37-Undervote 1.
Monument - Councilperson Position 1: Keith Teague 38-Undervote 15. Councilperson Position 2: Lois Groves 39-Undervote 12-Write-in 2. Councilperson Position 3: Robert Cox 46-Undervote 7. Councilperson Position 4: Vonda Stubblefield 42-Undervote 9-Write-in 2. Councilperson Position 5: Jack Sweek 46-Undervote 7. Councilperson Position 6: Michelle Lawrence 41-Undervote 11-Write-in 1. Mayor: Joe Duncan 28-Write-in 18-Undervote 7.
Mt. Vernon - Councilperson At Large (two seats): Susan Horn 156-Amber Cates 147-Undervote 119-Write-in 4. Mayor: Dennis Bradley 179-Undervote 31-Write-in 3.
Prairie City - Councilperson At Large (three seats): Marvin Casebeer 288-Lance Delgado 188-Jim Hamsher 168-Write-in 42-Undervote 12. Mayor: Write-in 244 (individual candidate totals were not available at presstime)-Undervote 112.
Seneca - Councilperson At Large (three seats): Linda Starbuck 66-Glennda Hughet 64-Brad Smith 61-Kent Price 48-Undervote 28-Write-in 6.
Local voter turnout was 76.74 percent. Statewide, turnout was expected to reach 63 percent. Locally, the votes for specific write-in candidates - with the exception of Carter for DA - had not been tabulated at presstime.
In the dead-heat governor's race, counties swung wildly from one candidate to the other. In Multnomah County, with 175 of 186 precincts reporting, Kulongoski led 90,975-44,587 over Mannix. In Marion County, however, where Mannix lives, the Republican enjoyed a 37,383-30,666 vote lead with 44 of 74 precincts reporting.
With 585 of 1,002 precincts reporting statewide, Mannix clung to a 383,354-377,059 lead, but the lead flip-flopped during the course of the night. Final results were not expected for at least a day.Even though voters have finished with the general election, they can't rest just yet. Citizens face a legislatively referred vote on a temporary income tax increase on the Jan. 28 ballot.