Schrader wins race for Position 3 on Clackamas County commission
Martha Schrader appears to be on her way to another term as a Clackamas County commissioner.
Updated returns Wednesday morning showed Schrader with 52.6 percent of the vote, followed by Steve Bates with 36.5 percent and Jenifer Valley with 10.8 percent.
If those results hold, Schrader will avoid a runoff with Tuesday's second-place finisher in the November 8 general election.
"I've got no worries about going to a runoff," Schrader told the Pamplin Media Group on Tuesday night. "I will be the next Clackamas County commissioner for Position 3."
Schrader, 62, was first appointed to the commission in 2003 and defeated Tootie Smith, who now holds Position 4, in the 2004 election. She was appointed in 2009 to the Oregon Senate seat vacated by her then-husband, Kurt Schrader, after he was elected to the 5th District congressional seat.
Schrader lost a bid for a full term in the state Senate in 2010, but returned as a county commissioner after she won an outright majority in the 2012 primary.
The Schraders divorced in 2011.
Bates, 63, owns Oregon Fire Equipment Co., has been in business for 45 years and was chairman of the Boring Community Planning Organization for three years. He lost narrowly to incumbent Jim Bernard for the Position 5 commissioner spot in 2014.
Valley, 47, has said she ran for the commission seat to promote the economic and public health potential of cannabis in the aftermath of Oregons legalization of marijuana for recreational use in 2014. She is a cofounder of Stoney Girl Gardens, which is now among a handful of dispensaries in the county for medical marijuana.