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Rogers wins 9th term on Washington County Board of Commissioners

FILE PHOTO - Roy RogersWashington County’s most experienced incumbent will be headed back to work next year, after easily beating out a political newcomer for Washington County commissioner in District 3.

Roy Rogers, of Bull Mountain, won his re-election bid on Tuesday's Oregon Primary election, based on early results.

Rogers, a certified public accountant and a partner in the Tigard firm of Pauly Rogers and Co., was first elected to the county board in 1984.

Rogers, 68, brought in 52 percent of Tuesday’s vote, as of The Times' Wednesday press deadline, cementing his ninth term on the board.

Rogers now surpasses the modern record for county tenure held by Doug Robertson, a Douglas County commissioner for 33 years until mid-2014.

Rogers’ challenger, Glendora Claybrooks, 63, of Tualatin, was bidding to be the first person of color elected to the board. Early results on Tuesday show Claybrooks with 24.53 percent of Tuesday’s early vote.

The five-member board oversees a county government with just under 2,000 employees — excluding the 400 employed by Clean Water Services, a separate agency under the board — and an annual budget of just under $1 billion.

Rogers represents District 3, which covers Durham, Tigard, Tualatin, King City, Sherwood, part of Wilsonville, and several unincorporated communities.

Washington County Commissioner District 3
*As of 10 p.m., May 17

Candidate Votes
Roy Rogers
Glendora Claybrooks

Claybrooks has been president of the local chapter of the National Action Network since 2010. The NAA is a civil rights advocacy organization founded and led nationally by the Rev. Al Sharpton.

According to filings with the Oregon secretary of state, Rogers raised almost $40,000 and spent $5,267 as of early May -- and Claybrooks had raised $5,181 and spent $2,550.

Rogers said the health of county government rests on the wealth generated by the economy, including employers such as Intel, Nike and Genentech.

ClaybrooksHe was part of the county team that negotiated the latest agreement with Intel, which at 19,000 is Oregon’s largest private employer — even with its recent announcement of layoffs. Intel committed itself to $100 billion in additional investment in the next 30 years, and in turn, the county agreed to forgo property taxes on a portion of the value of equipment.

Rogers told Pamplin Media Group last month that county officials are working on a location and funding for an urgent care center for mental health, although such a center may not be open until 2017.

Despite mental health specialists now working with sheriff’s deputies — funded by a five-year property tax levy that voters renewed last fall — “there are too many people in our jail, in our hospitals, with mental health issues. But these issues are very complex.”