Election Results — Johnson, Walden prevail Local Option passes by wide margin; Cramblett wins Cascade Locks Mayor race

Alice Clark casts her ballot on her to work on election day. By late morning on November 6, around 74 percent of Hood River County ballots had been turned in.

Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea.
Alice Clark casts her ballot on her to work on election day. By late morning on November 6, around 74 percent of Hood River County ballots had been turned in.

In Nov. 6 Hood River County Elections results, Mark Johnson and Greg Walden trailed in voting in their own communities but won reelection in their districts in voting Nov. 6.

Cascade Locks will see two new faces on Council, and a new mayor in Tom Cramblett, who defeated incumbent Lance Masters by a wide margin.

Cramblett is a City Council member, meaning the council must now appoint someone to his position.

Kate McBride received the most votes in Hood River Council voting, Mark Zanmiller was a close second, and fellow incumbent Laurent Picard has a slim four-point lead over Nikki Hollatz. The vote was for the top three of four candidates.

County Board of Commissioners Ron Rivers, Maui Meyer and Les Perkins were all re-elected in unopposed races.

In other unopposed races:

Hood River Mayor – Arthur Babitz

Circuit Court, Dist. 7 Position 21 — John A. Olson

Hood River Soil and Water — Brian Nakamura, John Joyer and Cindy Collins


Total turnout, Hood River County: 84.34 percent – 9,837 out of 11,663 eligible

A total of 138 “question ballots” remain to be counted in Hood River County, and they will be tabulated.

Selected Unofficial Final Results

U.S. President

Barack Obama, D 5.977 (61.5)

Mitt Romney, R 3,440 (35 percent)

Hood River County School District Measure 14-48 (Local Option)

Yes – 5,803 (62 percent)

No – 3,528 (38 percent)


Matt English 5,405

Neal Holste 3,411 (61.1 to 38.6 percent)

U.S. House Dist. 2

Greg Walden – R, 5,054

Joyce Segers – D, 4,089 (54.3 to 43.9 percent)

Walden won re-election.

State House Dist. 52

Peter Nordbye, 4,721 (52.7)

Mark Johnson, R, 4,228 (47.2)

Johnson won reelection

Hood River City Council (top three elected)

Kate McBride 1,626 – 29.85 percent

Mark Zenmiller 1,469 – 26.97 percent

Laurent Picard 1,152 – 21.15 percent

Nikki Hollatz 1,148 – 21.08 percent

Cascade Locks Mayor

Tom Cramblett 284 (59.4 percent)

Lance Masters 193 (40.4)

Cascade Locks City Council

(top three elected)

Glenda Groves 250 – 18.20 percent

Randy Holmstrom 248 – 18.05 percent

Bruce Fitzpatrick 247 – 17.98 percent

Jeff Helfrich 221 – 16.08 percent

Richard Randall 215 – 15.65 percent

Ralph Hesgard 185 – 13.46 percent

Cascade Locks Measures:

14-49: No 322 (66.5); yes 162 (33.5)

14-51: No 331 (68.5); yes 152 (31.5)

State Treasurer

Ted Wheeler D, 5,657 (64 percent)

Tom Cox, R, 2,693 (30.5)

Wheeler won re-election

Attorney General

Ellen Rosenblum (Dem.) 5,380 (61.8)

James Buchal, R. 2,918 (33.5)

Rosenblum won reelection

Secretary of State

Kate Brown, D. 5,142 (56.6)

Knute Buehler, R, 3,436 (37.8)

Brown won reelection

Commissioner of Bureau of Labor and Industries

Brad Avakian-D, 3,672 (55.0)

Bruce Starr – R 2,972 (44.5)

Supreme Court Position 3

Richard Baldwin 3.294 (50.86

Nenna Cook 3,161 (48.8)

Court of Appeals Position 6

James C. Egan 3,343 ((56)

Tim Volpert 2,601 (43.6)

Measure 77 – 5,346 yes; 3,418 no

Measure 78 — 6,490 yes; 2,324 no

Measure 79 — 4,976 yes; 3,896 no

Measure 80 — 4,831 no; 4,574 yes

Measure 81 — 5,616 no; 3,361 yes

Measure 82 — 7,096 no; 2,263 yes

Measure 83 — 7,006 no; 2,336 no

Measure 84 — 4,994 no; 4,122 yes

Meaausre 85 — 5,628 yes; 3,536 no

10:40 p.m.: The county was still preparing to process results late into the evening Tuesday. Further updates will be posted Wednesday morning.

9:16 p.m.: In state measures, the county was voting widely in favor of revising state government emergency powers, against outlawing gillnets on the Columbia River, narrowly against legalizing marijuana, widely against a privately operated casino in Wood Village, against a measure to eliminate estate taxes and for a measure to re-allocate the state's corporate kicker to the K-12 education fund.

9:05 p.m.: Hood River County helped send President Obama to re-election, voting for the president over Republican challenger Mitt Romney by a 60-36 percent margin.

The county also went Democratic in one of the most hotly contested state level elections voting for incumbent secretary of state Kate Brown over Republican challenger Knute Buhler 3,750 to 2,619 in early returns.

8:35 p.m.: Early election results have challengers leading in the State House race for district 52 and the Cascade Locks mayors race.

Democrat Peter Nordbye was leading incumbent Republican Mark Johnson by around 250 votes with 66% of ballots counted in the county. However, Johnson maintained a 600 vote lead in early returns in Clackamas county and 400 in Multnomah County.

In the Cascade Locks mayors Race, challenger Tom Cramblett lead incumbent Lance Masters 182-128 with about 150 votes to be counted.

Kate McBride and Mark Zanmiller are easily the top two in the Hood River City Council election, with Nikki Hollatz narrowly leading Laurent Picard for the third spot.

The seven contestants for the Cascade Locks city council race remained too close to call.

Matt English appeared to be rolling in the county sheriff race, leading Hood River police chief Neal Holste by 1,600 votes.

The Hood River County local option level also appeared to be heading to victory, passing by roughly 1,400 votes.

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