Candidates cash in on geographical roots
That was especially noticeable in the race for Yamhill County sheriff, where forest patrol deputy Tim Casey ran away with Newberg and Dundee, winning clear majorities in all Newberg-Dundee precincts. Capt. Tim Svenson outpolled Casey by amassing votes in McMinnville, Lafayette, Dayton and Amity, where he came out on top in all precincts.
Patrol Sgt. Joe Shipley claimed victory on his home turf in Yamhill-Carlton, winning enough votes to prevent Svenson from claiming the prize in the primary. As a result, he faces a runoff with Casey in November.
Sal Peralta, who led the field for commissioner position one, but was also forced into a runoff, performing best on his home turf in McMinnville. The News-Register and Digital Media Publishing sales rep, and former secretary of the Independent Party of Oregon, placed first in the McMinnville precints and second virtually everywhere else.
He ended up with about one-third of the votes overall.
Stan Primozich, a local investment adviser and longtime McMinnville school board member, edged out two rivals to claim second place and the other November runoff spot. He did not prevail in any precinct, but performed best in McMinnville and environs.
He had second-place showings in Amity and Dayton and ended up claiming just over 22 percent of the vote.
Brett Veatch, a Newberg real estate agent, finished first in Newberg precincts, but his support was substantially thinner elsewhere in the county. Willamina resident Bill Willis ran strongly in the West Valley, winning precincts in Willamina and Sheridan, but also faded elsewhere. And Primozich was ultimately able to slip past them.
County commissioner position three was won outright by Mary Starrett with just over 51 percent of the vote.
Debra Bridges, a Dundee resident who works in the district attorney’s office in McMinnville, won two McMinnville precincts. Starrett, who makes her home on Parrett Mountain, near Newberg, claimed virtually all of the rest.
Yamhill and Carlton, where a school bond was on the ballot, led in turnout with a little more than 55 percent. McMinnville’s Precinct 14 edged out Newberg’s Precinct 2 for the worst showing, coming in just under 32 percent.