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May 17 primary election results

Voter turnout in Polk County is nearly 49 percent

POLK COUNTY – The two ballot measures residents of Dallas and Falls City voted on in Tuesday’s election are failing, according to final unofficial results issued by the Polk County Clerk’s Office early Wednesday morning.

Measure 27-119, the 10-year, $10 million bond to repair residential streets in Dallas, is being defeated by a large margin, 62 percent to 37 percent.

Measure 27-118, the $2 million bond to build a multipurpose gym and cafeteria at Falls City Elementary School, is losing by a mere 11 votes, with 188 voting no and 177 voting yes.

Incumbent Mike Nearman has defeated challenger Beth Jones for the Republican nomination for Oregon House District 23. Jones leads in Polk County, 2,328 votes to Nearman’s 2,160. But Nearman won races in the portions of the other three counties District 23 includes, Marion, Yamhill and Benton.

The victory sets up a race between Nearman and Independent Jim Thompson in November’s general election. Nearman unseated Thompson in the Republican primary in 2014.

Polk County Commissioner Jennifer Wheeler will retain her seat. She defeated challenger Terrence Taylor by a margin of 77 percent to 22 percent.

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