By Dylan J. Darling

The Bulletin

An incumbent will return to the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners, and there will be a runoff election in November for a new commissioner.

Incumbent Mike Ahern, 57, handily won his race Tuesday against Floyd Paye, 50, for Position 2 and will serve a fourth term. Mae Huston, 63, narrowly led the three-candidate race for Position 1 and will likely face Tom Brown, 69, in a run-off vote this fall.

“I’m just very pleased and honored,” Ahern said Tuesday night, “and look forward to the next four years.”

Huston said she’s ready to keep campaigning. “I’ll just continue what I have been doing,” she said.

Huston and Brown received more votes Tuesday than Mike Throop, 59, but neither got more than the 50 percent needed to win the seat outright. The three ran for the post held by John Hatfield, who didn’t run for re-election after two terms.

Huston, who works in customer service at H&R Block in Madras, decided to run after her search for a fiscal conservative to replace Hatfield led to herself. Brown, in his second term on the Madras City Council, has been a business owner in Madras for decades. Throop won three elections for Jefferson County sheriff, but lost his job in 1997 following a felony conviction for campaign contribution fraud..

Also in Jefferson County, voters appeared to narrowly approve Lake Chinook Fire & Rescue’s $660,000 bond to build a new fire station.

— Reporter: 541-617-7812,