Editor’s note: The story that ran in the paper this week called the city council seat for candidate Allen Barker. The announcement was based on vote tallies from the Marion County Elections Office with all precincts reporting. Since going to press, another 2,000 votes have been added to the total and Laura Reid is ahead by 53 votes. We are waiting for more information from more information from Marion County Clerk Bill Burgess. This story has been updated to reflect the changes and Keizertimes apologizes for the error.
Donald Trump, in a upset victory that sent shockwaves around the globe, will be the 45th president of the United States.
Trump pulled out victories in key battleground states like Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan for a win in the electoral college tally. At press time, Trump was expected to win at least 279 electoral votes while his opponent, Hillary Clinton, stalled out at around 218 electoral votes. One of the candidates had to pass 270 electoral votes for a decisive win.
Clinton had a slight lead in the popular vote.
On the local front, Keizer residents approved a 3 percent tax on recreational sales of marijuana and elected a new city councilor. Below are some of the results on local and statewide issues. All totals will need to be certified in the coming weeks.
Keizer City Council
Allen Barker led early returns for Position 1 on the Keizer City Council, but the numbers were updated on Thursday, Nov. 10, and put Laura Reid in the lead by 53 votes.
Mayor Cathy Clark as well as councilors Marlene Parsons and Kim Freeman ran unopposed an will be sworn in anew in January.
Measure No. 24-397
Nearly 80 percent of Keizer voters approved a 3 percent tax on recreational marijuana sales within Keizer. The final tally was 11,316 “yes” to 2,942 “no.”
Measure No. 24-404 and Measure 24-405
Voters narrowly rejected a proposal to allow medical marijuana businesses outside of city limits in Marion County. The final vote count was 55,644 “no” to 54,522 “yes.”
Measure 24-405, which would have permitted recreational marijuana sales outside of city limits in Marion County, was rejected more resoundingly. 53 percent of voters said “no” while 46 percent voted “yes.”
Voters overwhelmingly supported a 3 percent Marion County tax on recreational sales of marijuana. Nearly 85,000 voters supported the tax to almost 26,000 that voted ”no.”
Marion Soil & Water Conservation District Director, At Large #1
Scott Walker will become the new district director of the Marion County Soil & Water Conservation District. Walker won with 51 percent of the vote to Stephanie Hazen’s 47 percent. Soil & Water District officials manage natural resources on the local level with an eye toward conservation and enhancement of what is available.
Walker served as the associate director of the water district for the past 18 months. He is a retired statistician and program evaluator with the state of Michigan.
There were many statewide ballots still being counted, but here were the trends as of Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 9.
Would increase Oregon’s corporate minimum tax when sales exceed $25 million, remove tax limits and increase revenues available for education, healthcare and senior services.
No – 59 percent
Yes – 40 percent
Would require the state to fund drop-out prevention and career- and college-readiness programs.
Yes – 65 percent
No – 34 percent
Would dedicate 1.5 percent of state lottery proceeds to veterans services including employment assistance, education and housing and physical/mental health care.
Yes – 83 percent
No – 16 percent
Would amend the state constitution and eliminate mandatory retirement at age 75 for state judges.
No – 63 percent
Yes – 36 percent
Would allow public universities to invest in equities, stock or securities representing ownership interest.
Yes – 70 percent
No – 29 percent
Creates a dedicated fund for outdoor school education fund with revenues from the Oregon State Lottery. The goal would be providing outdoor programming to every fifth – and sixth-grade student in the state.
Yes – 66 percent
No – 33 percent
Prohibit the purchase or sale of products – with the exception of specific activities, inheritances, certain antiques and musical instruments – and imposes penalties up to $6,500 for doing so.
Yes – 69 percent
No – 30 percent