Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Voters kept one incumbent and turned another out in the Port of Hood River Commission races in the May 17 Special District, choosing Brian Shortt over Position 4 incumbent Sherry Bohn, 1,464 to 807 and returning Position 5 commissioner Hoby Streich in an overwhelming margin over two challengers.
The Odell-Pine Grove fire district merger proposal passed by a large margin, with Odell voters saying yes 294-63 and Pine Grove voters casting 113 yes votes to 61 no.
Streich gained 1,461 votes to Erlene Veverka Smith's 368 and Rob Kovacich's 355.
Meanwhile, in the Port of Cascade Locks commission races, Samantha Verschuren edged Rob Brostoff, 94 to 83, and Brenda Cramblett defeated Gail Lewis, 106 to 74.
Shortt said of his victory, "You put your best foot forward, present yourself in the best way you can, and let people make a decision."
"First of all, I applaud Commissioner Bohn," Shortt said. "She's had nearly 10 years on the board and that is a lot of community service."
Shortt said he is looking forward to learning as much as he can before taking office in July.
"We're going to head into a busy summer, and I want to be able to understand what's in front of the Port as quickly as possible," he said. "I'll be talking to all the existing port commissioners on their views of where the Port is going.
"I don't just want to start fresh, I want to start aware."
Running unopposed were Hood River Port District 3 commissioner Rich McBride and Donna Mohr for Cascade Locks Port position 2.
Charlotte Arnold defeated Martha Dell in the only contested race for Columbia Gorge Community College. Arnold won 1,490 to 506 in the Position 4 race.
Art Carroll, Glenna Mahurin and Karen Ford were the top three candidates in the Hood River County Parks and Recreation Board race, with 22.5. 21.5 and 16.9 percent of the vote, respectively.
Here are the results of the Park and Recreation District race: Art Carroll, 1,049, 22.45; Chris Johnsen 555, 11.88; Karen Ford, 794, 16.99; John Everitt, 447, 9.57; Jonathan Graca 405, 8.67; Brian McGeeney, 430, 9.20; Glenna Mahurin, 993, 21.25.
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I Can't Keep Quiet singers at "Citizen Town Hall"
‘I can’t keep quiet,’ sing members of an impromptu choir in front of Hood River Middle School Saturday prior to the citizen town hall for questions to Rep. Greg Walden. The song addresses female empowerment generally and sexual violence implicitly, and gained prominence during the International Women’s Day events in January. The singers braved a sudden squall to finish their song and about 220 people gathered in HRMS auditorium, which will be the scene of the April 12 town hall with Rep. Greg Walden, at 3 p.m. Enlarge