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May 20 primary election roundup

• Voters narrowly approved a measure to pay for three years of Columbia County Jail operations and increase its bed capacity for local offenders. Another measure revising the city charter of Columbia City was approved by a wide margin. However, a general obligation bond issue sought by Columbia River Fire & Rescue to pay for new equipment and station upgrades fell just short of passage.

• Although Columbia County Commissioner Henry Heimuller appears to have received more votes than his sole challenger, Wayne Mayo of Scappoose, he was just 15 votes shy of an outright majority in the unofficial final tally early Wednesday morning, due to write-in votes taking up almost 1 percent of the overall vote. Elections officials say if that outcome is certified, Heimuller and Mayo will advance to a general election matchup in November, as a nonpartisan candidate cannot be elected at the primary election with less than a majority of the vote.

• Two candidates will definitely be moving on to a top-two general election in November: Columbia County Circuit Court Judge Jean Marie Martwick, who was appointed to the seat on the bench vacated by Steven B. Reed last fall, and Cathleen Callahan of Goble, her leading challenger. Martwick edged Callahan in votes received in the primary, but with third-place finisher Jason Heym of Scappoose taking almost a quarter of the vote, no candidate even approached a majority of the vote. Meanwhile, Circuit Court Judges Jenefer S. Grant and Ted E. Grove won retention, with no qualified challengers opposing them.

• Columbia County Republicans voted for their party's nominees in Oregon's governor and U.S. Senate races. State Rep. Dennis Richardson, R-Central Point, won 57.9 percent in Columbia County en route to winning the nomination for take on Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber. In the Senate race to challenge Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley, Portland surgeon Monica Wehby won the Republican nod while picking up 50.2 percent of the vote in Columbia County.

• Jason Yates of Newberg led 2012 nominee Delinda Delgado Morgan by just two votes in the unofficial results tallied by the Columbia County Elections Department in the Republican primary election for Oregon's First Congressional District. Yates won districtwide with 41.9 percent to Morgan's 40.1 percent, unofficial results from the Oregon Elections Division indicated. He will face Democratic Rep. Suzanne Bonamici in November.

• In uncontested Columbia County races, County Assessor Sue Martin, District Attorney Steve Atchison and Justice of the Peace Wallace E. Thompson were all reelected with more than 97 percent of the vote.

• State Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, and state Rep. Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie, won renomination with no opposition.

• Western Multnomah County residents elected state Rep. Jules Bailey, D-Portland, as their next county commissioner. Bailey handily defeated primary opponent Brian Wilson, a Portland activist. He will represent District 1, which includes all of Multnomah County west of the Willamette River, parts of inner east Portland, and two-thirds of Sauvie Island, on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners. The seat was vacated by Deborah Kafoury, who was elected chairwoman of the board Tuesday, last fall. Bailey will become the only man on the five-person board, which has been entirely female since former Chairman Jeff Cogen's resignation last September.

• A local option levy to increase funding for Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, which covers portions of Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties and runs as far north as the Columbia County line, passed by a wide margin.