POLK COUNTY – After two eventful campaigns, the races for Oregon House Districts 20 and 23 have been decided.
Republican Mike Nearman easily won the District 23 seat in what ended up being a five-way race, including a write-in campaign conducted by incumbent Republican Jim Thompson. Nearman garnered 13,004 votes (52 percent), while closest opponent, Democrat Wanda Davis, earned 9.054 votes (36 percent), according to results posted by Oregon Secretary of State’s Office Wednesday morning. Pacific Green candidate Alex Polikoff took 1,149 votes (5 percent) and Libertarian Mark Karnowski received 588 votes (2 percent). Write-ins took 1,069 votes (4 percent).
In Polk County, Nearman earned 6,317 votes, good for 52.35 percent. Davis received 4,100 votes (33.97 percent), Polikoff earned 428 votes (3.55 percent), and Karnowski received 238 votes (1.97 percent). Write-ins accounted for 985 votes, or 8.16 percent.
Democrat Paul Evans defeated Republican Kathy Goss 11,932 votes to 11,225 or 51 percent to 48 percent.
Polk County voters also chose Evans over Goss by 7,697 votes to 7,125 (51.57 percent to 47.74 percent).