Republican challengers held small leads against two current Clackamas County commissioners in early election tallies.
John Ludlow, running to unseat Clackamas County Chair Charlotte Lehan, had 51.6 percent of the vote, to Lehan’s 48.4 percent, according to the county’s election office. Tootie Smith had 51.8 percent of votes to incumbent Jamie Damon’s 48.2 percent.
“The results are still preliminary,” Ludlow said in an interview with OPB’s Dave Miller. “I don’t think I’ve won yet, but I feel confident that later in the evening I will.”
Ludlow said he’s interpreting the likely double upset as a sign that Clackamas County voters are focused on prosperity and job growth.
“It’s time that people really had their say in how they grow, how their transportation works and how their future looks,” he said, adding that growth requires making more land available for development and continuing to build and maintain roads.
OPB | Feb. 22, 2017