Bailey holds onto Position 6, Proctor wins new Position 15
Washington County Circuit Court judge Charles Bailey has won his bid for re-election, taking 64 percent of the vote in the Tuesday, May 15, election, according to unofficial results. His opponent Steven Burke had 35.7 percent.
If officially elected, this will be Bailey's third six-year term on the Washington County Circuit Court. He has also been serving as the court's presiding judge since 2016.
In a second judicial race on Washington County ballots Tuesday, a new position on the Washington County Circuit Court, Position 15, has Kathy Proctor claiming victory, with 61.4 percent as of late Tuesday night. Her opponent, Todd Huegli had just 38.2 percent of the votes.
Bailey, a former prosecutor for the the county's child abuse team, has an extensive history working in a courtroom, and has called out his opponent along the way for not having a comparable resume.
"I have nearly 12 years of experience as a circuit court judge and he has zero," Bailey told the Pamplin Media Group before the election. "I have done more civil trials as a judge than he as an attorney in his entire career. I have done everything from the simple personal injury cases to the complex civil litigation cases."
Burke comes from more of a defense legal background. He specializes in civil cases, family law and probate, and criminal defense, working as the senior associate at Case & Dusterhoff, LLP.
Before pursuing a career in law, Bailey also served in the Navy for four years.
He was endorsed by the Washington County Police Officers Association, Forest Grove Police Officers Association, Forest Grove Police Chief Janie Schutz, Hillsboro Police Chief Lee Dobrowolski and many Washington County judges.
Proctor, an attorney in Beaverton, specializes in family law and domestic relations. She has served as president of the county bar association for three terms, chairwoman of the regional disciplinary committee of the Oregon State Bar and was previously a board chairwoman of the Domestic Violence Resource Center.
Huegli currently works as an attorney and managing partner at Huegli Fraser PC. He previously worked at the Metropolitan Public Defender office in Hillsboro.
Editor's note: This story has been updated with results as of shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday.
By Olivia Singer
Reporter, Forest Grove News-Times and Hillsboro Tribune
Follow Olivia at @oliviasingerr
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