County certifies Cascade Locks recall vote

October 5, 2011

The Sept. 20 City of Cascade Locks Recall Election results are official.

As of Monday, George Fischer is no longer mayor, Don Haight, Kevin Benson, Tiffany Pruit are former City Council members, and Council Member Lance Masters will keep his seat.

The Hood River County Elections Department formally certified the election Monday.

City officials have been waiting for certification to take the next steps toward replacing the four recalled members of council.

In a special meeting Oct. 5 at 7 p.m., interim City Administrator Paul Koch and City Attorney Alex Sosnkowski will meet with the remaining members of council to review options and a timeline for filling the vacancies.

Along with Masters, those council members are Tom Cramblett and Eva Zerfing, both of whom were not subject to recall.

Koch said the council members' decisions include a timeline for making appointments, guidelines for applicants and the wording of an application form.

The appointed council members would serve until the November 2012 general election.

Under county election certification, the percentage points changed by about half of one percent following tabulation of 13 "challenge" ballots reviewed by the county. (Challenge ballots are those with signatures or voter addresses that require verification. Letters went out Sept. 21 to the 13 voters in question, notifying them they had until Sept. 30 to respond.)

In the certified election results, turnout was 64.52 percent, with 589 ballots cast.

Here are the official results:

Don Haight: Vote for recall - 200 (52.63); Vote against - 178 (47.37)

George Fischer - 205 (54.09) to 174 (45.91)

Tiffany Pruit - 205 (54.09) to 174 (45.91)

Kevin Benson - 202 (53.16) to 178 (46.84)

Lance Masters - 150 (39.47) to 230 (60.53)

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