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Wallan wins second term as Medford state representative

Incumbent Kim Wallan has defeated Alberto Enriquez in the race for Medford’s state representative.

Medford voters picked Wallan for Oregon House District 6 Tuesday over challenger Alberto Enriquez by a spread of more than 11 points, according to early Jackson County Elections data.

Wallan had received 54.46% of the 32,562 votes tabulated as of 8 p.m. Tuesday, while Enriquez had 43.31% of the vote. About 2.14% of the votes went to libertarian candidate Alex Levi Usselman while another 30 votes — less than a tenth of a percent — went to write-in candidates.

District 6 represents all but a handful of Medford neighborhoods, with the exceptions being on the fringes of city limits.

Wallan has served in the Oregon legislature since first winning the seat in November of 2018, and currently serves on state Education, Economic Development and Veterans and Emergency Preparedness committees.

Previously Wallan served two years on the Medford City Council and four years on the Medford School Board before that.

Marsh wins third term

In Oregon House District 5, which represents southern Jackson County primarily including Ashland, Talent and Phoenix, Rep. Pam Marsh trounced Republican challenger Sandra Abercrombie by a spread of nearly two to one.

Marsh received 66.63% of the 38,794 votes tabulated as of 8 p.m. Tuesday, while Abercrombie had received 33.24% of the vote. Another 49 votes — 0.13% — went to write-in candidates.

When reached by phone, Marsh touched on a full plate of initiatives she hopes to tackle ranging from mental health and addiction to healthcare access for low income people; however, she said issues related to rebuilding the portions of her district impacted by the Almeda fire “has to be front and center.”

“As of Sept. 8, my whole perspective shifted,” Marsh said, touching on the date the Almeda fire broke.

She said she’s looking at programs to build enough affordable housing back, and ways to ensure that Phoenix and Talent have sufficient tax revenues or revenues from other sources until affordable homes can be rebuilt.

She’s also looking into ways to ensure that Phoenix-Talent School District gets funding that goes beyond the number of students attending because attendance “may be erratic over the next couple years.”

Looking back on her two legislative sessions, Marsh said she’s proud of she’s proud of her work finding funding to stabilize an expanded Oregon Health Plan program because she anticipates more of the state will depend on it as COVID-19 related slowdowns continue, and shepherded legislation to bring more broadband internet access to low-income and rural areas.

Other key Oregon house and senate race results:

  • In the race for Oregon House District 4, largely representing the Grants Pass area, Republican Duane Stark held onto his seat in against Democrat challenger Mary Middleton by a margin of more than 37 points, according to Oregon Secretary of State’s office results as of 8 p.m. Tuesday. Stark took 68.69% of 30,283 votes while Middleton collected 31.15%. There were 49 write-in candidates.
  • In the race for Oregon House District 55, which includes all of Crook County and portions of Jackson, Deschutes, Klamath and Lake counties, Republican Vikki Breese-Iverson beat Democrat Barbara Fontaine by a margin of more than 43 points. Breese Iverson took 71.67% of the 17,209 votes, while Fontaine took 28.21%. There were 22 write-in candidates.
  • In the race for Oregon Senate District 2, which comprises eastern Josephine County and portions of central and western Jackson County, polls showed Republican Art Robinson leading Democrat Jerry Allen by a margin more than 35 points. Robinson got 66.45% of 30,688 votes, his Democrat challenger Jerry Allen got 31.07% and Libertarian candidate Thomas Griffin got 2.28%. Some 62 write-in candidates got 0.20%.
  • In the race for Oregon Senate District 28, representing Crook and Klamath counties, along with parts of Deschutes, Jackson and Lake counties, Republican Dennis Linthicum beat Democrat Hugh Palcic by nearly three to one. Linthicum took 73.00% of 58,776 votes, while Palcic took 26.85%. Write-in candidates got 87 votes — about 0.11%.

Results for Jackson County measures:

  • Measure 15-196, Rogue River Fire Protection District 1 levy. Voters renewed the five-year local operation levy for a fifth time Tuesday by a margin of more than 25 points. Yes votes were 62.85% of the 4,622 votes counted as of 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to Jackson County Elections early results. The renewal will allow the $0.50 per $1,000 tax levy that’s been in place since the 2000 fiscal year to return for the 2021-2022 fiscal year.
  • Measure 15-197, Ashland School District Local Option operating levy. By a spread of nearly 49 points, Ashland voters passed the Youth Activities and Academics Levy or YAAL for another five years. n Yes votes were 74.37% of the 15,757 votes cast.

Ashland voters had backed similar levies since 1994, according to the Ashland School District and earlier news reports. The $1.29 per $1,000 levy funds a variety of Ashland School District programs, according to the voters pamphlet, including counseling and mental health supports, PE and athletic programs, fine arts programs including theatre, world languages and music programs including band, orchestra and strings.

  • Measure 15-198, Jackson County Rural Fire Protection District 4 operating levy by a spread of nearly 35 points. Out of 3,177 votes, 67.30% were in favor of renewing a $0.99 per $1,000 levy funding supplemental firefighter and paramedic services to Shady Cove, Trail and Lost Creek areas, according to the district. The prior levy has funded four firefighter/EMT positions since 2017.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.

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Rep. Kim Wallan won a second term for Oregon House District 6 representing Medford Tuesday. File photo.