Incumbent Sherry Hall fell short of mark needed to win outright

RobinsonWest Linn resident David Robinson is poised to face Sherry Hall again in a fall runoff election, as polling results as of Wednesday morning show Hall with about 41 percent of votes cast in Tuesday’s primary and Robinson with about 30 percent.

To win outright in a nonpartisan race, a candidate must garner at least 50 percent of the votes, plus one.

Robinson is followed by Mark Meek, with 17 percent of votes cast; Linda Neace, with nearly 9 percent; and Barbara A. Stringham with about 3 percent.

“The results were about in line with what I was expecting,” Robinson said. “I think it was telling that 60 percent of voters went with ‘not Sherry Hall.’”

Hall declined to comment on the results.

Hall, who has served as County Clerk since 2003, garnered the most votes in Tuesday’s primary despite a ballot tampering controversy that emerged in 2012.

In the May 2010 primary election, Hall’s office misprinted ballots to include a race that was supposed to be on the ballot for the November general election, which cost taxpayers $120,000 to correct. Then ballot tampering was discovered Oct. 31, 2012, in which a temporary worker admitted to altering ballots.

Moving forward, Robinson plans to re-evaluate and prepare for the November run-off.

“I had a campaign plan for the primary,” Robinson said. “We’ll have to see if any adjustments need to be made, and make those adjustments.”

Robinson, 46, moved to West Linn in March 2013 with his wife, Sandy Webb, and their two chocolate Labs. He said he decided to run for county elections official after the ballot tampering controversy emerged in 2012, stating that the county clerk’s position needed “new blood.”

By Luke Roney
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