Jefferson County residents have elected Kate Zemke for the position of county clerk in Tuesday’s primary election.

Zemke held a wide lead over Charity Dubisar, followed by Brian Crow and Yoonsun Reynolds.

“I am really, really surprised and really pleased,” Zemke said. “I just did not know how this was going to go. Very deeply grateful to all the people who came out and supported me. This has been really humbling.”

Zemke, 59, of Madras, was one of four candidates who filed for the position after Kathy Marston announced she was retiring from the job after 20 years.

When the first round of results were posted shortly after 8 p.m., Zemke left the office to go for a drive when the sun was setting to reflect on the experience, she said.

“This has been a very fun and very challenging experience,” Zemke said.

“Of course, we have outlying ballots, and I don’t know if they will change the current course of events, but I am looking forward to the final results.”

Zemke has worked in the clerk’s office for 17 years, serving as chief deputy clerk in Jefferson County. She also works as the county’s recording specialist.

— Reporter: 541-617-7829, acolosky@bendbulletin.com

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