Tuesday’s off-year elections in Oregon and California were mostly low-key; a spate of local bond measures and levies plus a special election in California’s Assembly District 1.
In that race, Republican Megan Dahle defeated Democrat Elizabeth Betancourt by nearly 58 to 42 percent. The seat became open when Dahle’s husband Brian was elected to a seat in the California Senate.
In Oregon, a Jackson County emergency communications bond measure passed with nearly 59 percent of the vote.
In Josephine County, a Grants Pass school construction bond measure and a proposal to form a new fire district were both soundly rejected.
In Douglas County, voters in Tenmile approved a measure to pay for a full-time fire chief/paramedic, but a proposed amendment to Reedsport’s city charter was crushed by more than a 2-to-1 margin.
Voters in Eugene emphatically passed a measure to cap and limit the use of the city’s payroll tax, with more than 80 percent of voters approving.
In Coos County, a water and sewer bond in Bandon passed, but a levy for law enforcement in Lakeside was defeated.