Wehby wins GOP race, Water District defeated

Wehby wins GOP race, Water District defeated

Wehby wins GOP race, Water District defeated

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by Frank Mungeam, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on May 20, 2014 at 5:45 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 21 at 2:16 PM

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PORTLAND -- Voters in Portland soundly rejected the effort to create an independent public water district.

Meanwhile, Dr. Monica Wehby won the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, and will face incumbent Jeff Merkley in November.

In Beaverton, a school funding measure was narrowly approved.

Deborah Kafoury was elected Multnomah County Chair for both the interim and full term.

Dan Saltzman and Nick Fish were re-elected to their Portland City Council positions.

In the race for Governor, John Kitzhaber will face Republican Dennis Richardson in November.

LATESTELECTION RESULTS

Here is a recap of the top race results --

U.S. SENATE:

Republican voters chose Wehby over state Rep. Jason Conger. Wehby had the backing of the Washington establishment and much of the money in the race. Conger of Bend was supported by social conservatives and many of the Republicans in the state Legislature.

Wehby got off to a strong start but stumbled in the final week, when police reports came to light showing her ex-husband and a former boyfriend called police to report that she was harassing them as their relationships fell apart. No charges came from either claim.

The reports may have affected some voters' decisions, but likely came too late to shift the outcome.

MoreWehby to face Merkley for Senate 

PORTLAND WATER BUREAU Measure 26-156

Portland voters rejected a measure to create a public water district. A yes vote for Measure 26-156 would have created an elected board to oversee water and sewer work currently run by city bureaus. More: Portland rejects measure to make Water Bureau public 

BEAVERTON BOND MEASURE 34-219

Voters in Beaverton passed a $680-million school bond measure. The money will be used to pay for school repairs, modernization and renovation projects across the district.

The bond is the largest of its kind in state history

More: Beaverton Bond measure - latest results 

GMO MEASURES:

In Southern Oregon, two GMO labeling measures passed. 

Voters in Jackson and Josephine County joined a growing national debate over genetically modified foods. Organic farmers, who can't use genetically modified crops, succeeded in banning them via separate votes in Jackson and Josephine counties. The measures attracted national interest and money. The two campaigns raised $1.3 million, mostly from outside Oregon. Agriculture companies have fought back hard against efforts around the country to increase regulations on genetically modified foods. More: GMO limits pass in Southern Ore.  

GOVERNOR:

The primary was merely a formality for both John Kitzhaber, the Democratic incumbent, and Dennis Richardson, a Republican state representative seeking to unseat him. Neither faced a serious challenger for his party's nomination. With the primary out of the way, the campaign will begin in earnest. More: No real challenge for Gov. primaries

More: Complete Election Results

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