Open thread: local races

Use this space to discuss any and all local races across the state. A far-from-exhaustive list:

Will Larry Sowa hang on and beat Lynn Peterson in the Clackamas County race? In Multnomah County, what did you think of the campaigns waged by Lew Frederick and Jeff Cogen? Will upstart Shane Bemis defeat Mayor Chuck Becker for re-election in Gresham, Oregon's fourth-largest city? What about that competitive Bend City Council race? Will the mayor of Astoria get re-elected to a fifth term despite picking up his third DUI? Any other races keeping your interest?


  • Josh Balloch (unverified)

    Lynn Peterson should win...not because she's a Democrat rather she is just the person for the job.

    Good Luck Lynn...we are all rooting for you!

  • Jim (unverified)

    The spouse and I didn't mail our ballots. Around 6 p.m. we dropped off the ballots at the Gresham library. Outside the library there was a mailbox-style drop box for ballots, but that was full. We had to park and go into the library in order to drop off ballots. My best guess is that cars were showing up around the rate of ten every minute. There was literally a little traffic jam around the Gresham library. My guess is that, if similar trends apply, close local races will not be decided until these late ballots are counted.

  • theberle (unverified)

    Is this where we discuss state initiatives too?

    Anybody else confused about why people are voting no on 46 and yes on 47?

  • John Statler (unverified)

    Southern Oregon is turning Democrat, slowly.

    In January 2007 the Medford City Council will be split with 4 Democrats and 4 Republicans, with a Republican Mayor who votes only to break a tie.

    Admittedly these are not partisan positions, but we all know that partisan politics are alive in non-partisan races.

    This is a major change for Medford and I'm excited to have been a part of it. I'm on the Medford City Council...have been for two years now. I've been a lone voice but clearly people have liked having a citizen-centric council member. They've learned that they aren't stuck with the good old boys (seriously, I don't know if there are any good old girls in our area, although I guess in that culture there is always the woman behind the throne).

    <h2>In two years I hope that a majority of the council members in Medford will be Dems. Maybe even the county commissioners will have a Dem majority!</h2>
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