UPDATE: As of early Wednesday morning, two conservative candidates for Clackamas County Commission, John Ludlow and Tootie Smith, were leading in their races with 52 percent of the vote.
The Clackamas County commission is technically non-partisan. But when chair candidate John Ludlow and commission challenger, Tootie Smith, pulled into a lead, enthusiastic Republicans summoned the candidates to the stage.
Tootie Smith summarized where she’d like to take a new Republican majority on the county board.
Smith said, “To try to govern for the people, of the people, and by the people!”
John Ludlow was a bit more specific: He said, “We’re going to emphasize free market; we’re going to emphasize the right to work. We’re going to get back to some basics, that my opponent says I’m trying to return to a mythical past. I think we had some good past – and we’re going to follow some of those principles.”
Ludlow and Smith faced incumbents Charlotte Lehan, and Jamie Damon, respectively.