As of Friday, October 31, 2014
Tuesday is the day General Election ballots must be turned in by 8 p.m.
By Friday, County Elections had reported a 36 percent turnout.
The ballot contains a wide range of state, local and federal races, two local tax levies, and seven statewide ballot measures including those approving legalization of marijuana and requiring product labeling for food made with genetically modified organisms. Also on the ballot are three uncontested races for Cascade Locks City Council. A fourth position, for an unexpired term, with no candidate on the ballot, is now subject to a write-in campaign for Buzzy Nielsen, a Cascade Locks resident who is also director of the Hood River Library.
“I didn’t actively seek this, but if I am elected, I will serve,” said Nielsen, who has lived in the community for four years. (Votes for Buzzy Nielsen, for which he is universally known, are acceptable along with Matthew Nielsen, his name as it appears on his voter registration.) Nielsen would need at least three votes to take office.
Contests on the ballot are for Hood River mayor and City Council, and State Representative and State House positions in which the Republican incumbents, both of Hood River, seek re-election. Rep. Mark Johnson is challenged by Democrat Stephanie Nystrom of Corbett, and Sen. Chuck Thomsen faces Robert Bruce of Sandy.
West Side Fire District voters and Cascade Locks city voters will also determine tax measures aimed at supporting firefighter and EMS services.