McKee, Fentiman, McIntire and Markell elected to City Council; Girod elected to House

Incumbents Craig Fentiman and Bob McIntire, along with newcomers Scott McKee Jr. and Eric Markell, were elected Tuesday to the four available seats on the Sweet Home City Council.

McKee drew the most votes, with 1,313 counted by early Wednesday morning, followed by Fentiman (1,296), Mcintire (1,084) and Markell (1,019).

Of the three other challengers, Kim Lawrence drew 956 votes, Josh Victor 663 and Dan Holman 638.

Both the city levies were approved by a majority of voters. The Sweet Home Police Levy drew 1,358 “yes” votes to 1,021 against. The Sweet Home Library Levy passed 1,412 to 894.

The Sweet Home Fire/Ambulance Bond also passed, with 52 percent of voters approving it, 2,465 to 2,099.

The Linn County Law Enforcement Levy passed with 56 percent of the vote, 22,306-15,673.

County Commssioner John Lindsey, a Republican, beat Democratic challenger Glenda Fleming handily with 55 percent of the vote, 21,650-14,228.

Sheriff Tim Mueller and County Clerk Steve Druckenmiller both were unopposed.

In the statewide races, Gov. Ted Kulongoski, a Democrat, pulled away from Republican challenger Ron Saxton to take 50 percent of the vote to Saxton’s 44 percent, 408,852 to 347,937. Constitutional Party candidate Mary Starrett, a former TV anchorwoman, was top vote-getter among third-party candidates with 29,608 votes, roughly 4 percent.

Fourth District Congressman Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield, won handily over Republican Jim Feldkamp, 168,411 (62 percent) to 103,432 (38 percent).

In the race for the state House District 17 seat, Republican Fred Girod of Stayton defeated Democrat Dan Thackaberry of Lebanon 14,610 (59 percent) to 9,217 (41 percent) in a race to replace incumbent Jeff Kropf, who has opted to pursue a radio talk show career.

In the House District 11 race, Democratic incumbent Phil Barnhart of Eugene defeated Republican challenger Jim Oakley of Pleasant Hill, 12,745 (61 percent) 7,559 (39 percent).

Sixth District State Sen. Bill Morrisette, D-Springfield, beat Republican challenger Renee Lindsey of the Lebanon area, 26,977 (67 percent) to 13,410 (33 percent).

In the race for the vacant Oregon Supreme Court seat, Appeals Court Justice Virginia Linder beat Eugene lawyer Jack Roberts 490,760 (51 percent) to 460,559 to 460,559 (48 percent).

Court of Appeals Judge Ellen F. Rosenblum ran unopposed.

Of the nine statewide measures, seven failed. The two that were approved were Measure 39, which probitis eminent domain for private purposes, and Measure 47. However, Measure 47 which limited or prohibited certain elections contributions and expenditures, the only one approved by voters, appears sure to be struck down in court since its companion, Measure 46, failed. Measure 46 would have amended the state constitution to allow such campaign finance regulations.

Measure 39, which bars public officials from condemning private property if it will be turned over to a private property, passed 780,861 (67 percent) to 356,996 (33 percent).

Measure 40, which would have required that state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals judges be elected by geographical districts, failed 617,763 (56 percent) to 491,742 (44 percent).

Measure 41, which would have created a state income tax deduction equal to the exemptions deduction on the federal income tax, failed 692,609 (63 percent) to 411,032 (37 percent).

Measure 42, which would have barred the use of credit scores in calculating insurance premiums and rates, failed 746,515 (66 percent) to 400,744 (34 percent).

Measure 43, which would have required a 48-hour notice to a parent of a girl under 18 before she could have an abortion, failed 621,160 (54 percent) to 530,406 (46 percent).

Measure 44, which would have allowed state residents without drug coverage to participate in the state prescription program, failed 883,696 (78 percent) to 255,388 (22 percent).

Measure 45, which would have amended the constitution to set term limits for the state Legislature, failed 665,391 (58.5 percent) to 472,091 (41.5 percent).

Measure 46, the constitutional amendment to allow campaign finance restrictions, failed 654,540 (60 percent) to 439,693 (40 percent).

Measure 47, which would have actually restricted large campaign finance donations, passed 591,752 (53 percent) to 518,480 (46 percent).

Measure 48, which would have amended the state constitution to limit a biennial percentage increase in state spending, failed 781,893 (70 percent) to 323,931 (29 percent).