Primary sets November matchups

POLK COUNTY -- Races for state and federal office are set for the November general election after results of the May 18 vote-by-mail primary were announced.



POLK COUNTY -- Races for state and federal office are set for the November general election after results of the May 18 vote-by-mail primary were announced.

United States 5th District Congressman Kurt Schrader (D) was unopposed in the primary and will face Republican Scott Bruun this fall. Bruun received more than 56 percent of the local vote and 62 percent of the district vote to defeat Fred Thompson.

Jim Huffman won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senator and will face longtime Democratic incumbent Ron Wyden.

Republican incumbent Jackie Winters easily defeated Sarah Arcune for her party's nomination in Oregon Senate District 10. Winters will face William Dalton, who defeated Jeff Goodwin in the Democratic primary.

Democrat incumbent Jean Cowan was unopposed in the State Representative, 10th District race. She will face Becky Lemler, who easily won a three-way Republican primary.

Party winners in uncontested races for State Representative who will square off in November were Vicki Berger (R) and Mike Powers (D) in District 20, Jim Thompson (R) and Wesley West (D) in District 23, and Jim Weidner (R) and Susan Sokol Blosser (D) in District 24.

Polk County voters also helped push through two successful statewide ballot measures.

Measure No. 68, which revises the state constitution and allows the state to issue bonds to match voter approved school district bonds for school capital costs, received 61.85 percent "yes" votes locally.

Measure No. 69, which amends the state constitution and continues and modernizes authority for lowest cost borrowing for community colleges and public universities, received 71.69 percent "yes" votes.

Local results matched statewide voting in the Oregon governor's race, with Democrat John Kitzhaber and Republican Chris Dudley winning their respective party's nomination.

Election turnout in Polk County was 44.54 percent, higher than Oregon's 40.39 percent statewide turnout.



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