Candidate Kitt withdraws from May 17 Primary

A.J. Kitt of Hood River announced Tuesday afternoon that he has withdrawn from the May 17 Primary Election race for Hood River County Commission, position 2.

That leaves Rich McBride of Hood River running unopposed as of this posting, about 90 minutes before the 5 p.m. March 8 filing deadline. “I had some personal health issues come up and while I regret withdrawing from the case so close to the deadline, the timing was not in my control,” Kitt said.

“I feel like had I done so sooner, it would have allowed someone to come forward.”

He said he has no criticism of McBride, but regrets that voters might not have a two-candidate dynamic with its discussion of the issues.

Local offices include: County Commissioner Chair, County Commissioner District 2 and District 4, Sheriff, District Attorney, Justice of the Peace, and Republican and Democrat Precinct committee person.

As of press deadline Tuesday, no new filings had been reported at either the County Elections office or at the Oregon Secretary of State.

There will be two measures on the county ballot:

Measure 14-55 amends the County Charter to prohibit commercial bottled water production, and Measure 14-58 asks voters to approve a levy for $57,175,000 in bonds to improve and construct facilities within the Hood River County School District.

These are the contested races voters will see on the ballot:

• State House Dist. 52: officer holder Mark Johson (R-Hood River), and Democrats Mark Reynolds of Odell and Walt Trandum of Sandy.

• Commissioners, Position 2: A.J. Kitt and Rich McBride.

• Justice of the Peace (Cascade Locks): Donna Mohr, Brad Lorang, and John Harvey.

The last day to register to vote or change your party affiliation is April 26.

If you have any election related questions contact the Elections Office at 541-386-1442.

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