Commissioner Lianne Thompson and former Warrenton Mayor Mark Kujala and seized victories Tuesday in their races for the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners, while Pamela Wev and Peter Roscoe are set for a November runoff.
Thompson won a second four-year term in District 5, which covers most of South County. Her top priorities are housing, economic development and emergency preparedness.
“Thank you to my bosses — the voters in District 5,” Thompson said. “I’m grateful for their support and will continue to work hard to do right by them.”
Thompson has faced sharp criticism from three other commissioners and County Manager Cameron Moore over her travel expenses, behavior toward county staff and view that commissioners should have a more active role in day-to-day county operations. At one point, Lee called for her resignation.
“When I went out and said, ‘(Voters) are at the top of the organizational chart, you pay the bills, you hold staff accountable for what they paid for,’ they said, ‘Yep, that’s it,’” Thompson said. “Now we’re crystal clear on that.”
Susana Gladwin, a Jewell farmer, challenged Thompson. The candidates served with each other for four years on the county Planning Commission. Gladwin often attends Planning Commission meetings and highlighted housing and forestry policies as two of her core issues.
Ron Brown, running unopposed for district attorney, secured a four-year term on Tuesday. The longtime prosecutor has served as District Attorney Josh Marquis’ deputy since 2004. Marquis is retiring after 25 years in office.
Circuit Court Judge Cindee Matyas, also running unopposed, won another six-year term. Matyas has been a judge since 2007.
Voter turnout in Clatsop County was 36 percent.
Wev — a land use consultant — and Roscoe — a former restaurateur — will compete in the first commission runoff in a decade after neither reached 50 percent of the vote in District 3. Doug Thompson — a property manager — finished third.
Commissioner Lisa Clement chose not to run for re-election in a district that covers parts of Astoria, Miles Crossing, Jeffers Garden, Lewis and Clark, Youngs River, Olney, Green Mountain and parts of Walluski.
Wev served five years in former Portland Mayor Vera Katz’s administration, while Roscoe served on the Astoria City Council.