Voters overwhelmingly back Britton

Boyd Britton

Grant County voters made a clear statement Tuesday they wanted to keep County Commissioner Boyd Britton in office, voting almost two to one against the recall.

The final unofficial results obtained from Grant County Clerk Brenda Percy showed 2,035 votes against the recall with 1,080 in favor.

Britton, who has served as a commissioner for 13 years, could not be reached Tuesday evening.

The owner of a John Day welding business, Britton said in his statement of justification against the recall he has participated in many county accomplishments, including tripling the timber harvest, actively managing federal lands, creating Bates State Park and being fiscally strong.

He said the complaints against him by chief recall petitioner Julie Carr of Dayville — failing to represent constituents on road and access issues, refusing to call for an investigation into the handling of the 2015 Canyon Creek wildfires, failing to recuse himself in decisions with agencies where he benefited both personally and financially and deliberately misrepresenting his intentions of attending a community meeting Jan. 26 — were “baseless.”

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