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Judge Keeps Job After Vote-Counting Marathon

After a two-week hand tally, Jay McAlpin has won the Lane County judgeship he’s held by appointment since May.

McAlpin ran a write-in campaign after missing the August filing deadline to get his name on the ballot. Four other lawyers also ran as write-ins.

Because there were no names on the ballot, elections officials had to tally all the votes, even write-ins that ordinarily wouldn’t be individually counted. The vote totaled nearly 40,000.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports that McAlpin got nearly 54 percent of the votes, followed by Eugene lawyer Alan Leiman with about 23 percent.

The 36-year-old winner is a former deputy district attorney and insurance company lawyer.

McAlpin campaigned by walking neighborhoods, speaking to civic groups and hiring a Eugene public relations firm.

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