Deschutes County Republican Party Chairwoman Patti Adair upset three-term Deschutes County Commissioner Tammy Baney in a tightly contested Republican primary Tuesday.

Baney, a moderate Republican who’s served on the commission since 2007, was trailing Adair by nearly 700 votes Wednesday.

In a text message, Baney said she was proud of the work she’s done for the county and looks forward to continuing to serve in the next few months.

“Having led us through the recession, expanded mental health and veteran services, reduced burdensome regulations and increased transparency at the state level to address local transportation and housing needs, the work is never done,” she wrote.

Baney is the chairwoman of the Oregon Transportation Commission and the Oregon Housing Stability Council, and she can continue serving on both statewide boards after leaving the County Commission.

Commission Chairman Tony DeBone, who easily defeated his own challenger, Tumalo pizza shop owner Ed Barbeau, has worked with Baney for nearly eight years. Tuesday night, he said he was “still digesting” the news that she wouldn’t return to the commission.

“People knew this was going to be close,” he said. “Commissioner Baney served for 12 years, and I enjoyed working with her.”

Adair will face James Cook, a Democrat and chairman of Redmond’s planning commission, in the November general election.

In a Wednesday Facebook post urging voters to support Cook, the county’s Democratic Party wrote that Baney had earned a great deal of respect and seemed unbeatable, but Cook “recognized the danger posed by an improbable Adair primary victory.”

— Reporter: 541-633-2160; jshumway@bendbulletin.com

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