Highlights of election

“It feels fantastic,” said Mike McLane, after a resounding victory over Mike Wendel for House District 55 Representative. “I’ve been campaigning hard since August, and this feels great,” said McLane in a phone interview election night. “It was a hard effort by so many for which I’m most appreciative.”

Results from the last print out at 2 a.m. Wednesday morning showed McLane with 1,919 votes or 76.94% over Wendel 573 votes or 22.98 percent in Jackson County.  District-wide the results were 75% for McLane and 24.845 for Wendel. With no Democrat filing for the position, the primary election means McLane will be the State Representative. He replaces George Gilman who did not seek another term. District 55 covers much of northern Jackson county, parts of Klamath, Lake, Crook counties.

In the governor’s race, John Kitzhaber won handily on the Democratic ticket and will seek to return as Oregon’s governor. He served two terms in the 1980s. The law only permits two consecutive terms but does not prohibit returning for another term in the future. He will face Chris Dudley. Dudley garnered 32.62% of the Jackson County vote (39.61% statewide) over Allen Alley with 29.895 in Jackson County and 31.56% statewide.

Closer to home, the field of 13 seeking two seats for Jackson County Commissioner was narrowed to:

Position 1- Democrat-Jeff Golden-had no compeition in primary. He will face Republican Don Skundrick who handily defeated incumbent Jack Walker by 10%. Skundrick had 44.37 percent or 6,618 votes while Walker had 33.90% or 5,057 votes.

Position 3 in the general election it will be Mark Wisnovsky for the Democrats with 50% of the vote against John Rachor for the Republicans with 31.40 percent of the votes over Craig  Prewitt’s 23.56%.

In the race for State Superintendent of Education, in Jackson County, voters gave the nod to Ron Maurer from Josephine county (58%) over Susan Castillo (41.40%); but statewide it was Castillo with just over 51% to Maurer’s 48.47 %.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent


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