Starrett wins commission seat with 51 percent
Mary Starrett of Newberg appears to have claimed Position 3 on the Yamhill County Commission by winning 51.1 percent of countywide votes in Tuesday's primary election.
Her chief challenger, Debra Bridges of Dundee, has 37.3 percent of the vote. Marc Shelton of Newberg, who spent and campaigned sparingly, ran a distant third with 11.6 percent.
In final but still unofficial returns, Starrett had 10,051 votes to Bridges' 7,339. Shelton had the remaining 2,284, with 33 unprocessed write-in votes.
To clinch the seat outright, Starrett needed to finish above 50 percent. And she just made it.
Starrett found herself in a similar situation four years ago in a run against Mary Stern, who is resigning to accept a post with the Association of Oregon Counties. That time, however, she fell just a handful of votes short of claiming a majority in May, and ended up losing in November.
Now, with county commissioners needing to replace Stern for the remainder of 2014, Starrett likely will join the commission early by appointment.