Deschutes County Republican Party Chairwoman Patti Adair held a narrow lead over three-term commissioner Tammy Baney after two rounds of ballot results posted Tuesday night.
Adair said she was “pretty shocked” by the results but that she wanted to serve the county. She said she believed voters agreed that Baney had enough time in office.
“I believe in term limits,” Adair said. “I really think you need a fresh look at things.”
Baney, a commissioner since 2007, did not return voicemails or a text message.
Adair, 66, is an outspoken opponent of marijuana in rural parts of the county and wants the commission to do more to regulate it. She criticized the commission’s decision to give employees raises, argued that property taxes should be lower and attacked Baney for serving on statewide commissions.
Baney, 47, ran on her experience and the relationships she built over nearly 12 years in office.
She said she plans to continue budgeting conservatively to ensure that the county can provide public safety, infrastructure and services for vulnerable groups, including veterans, children and low-income residents, while staying out of the private sector’s way.
Baney far outraised and outspent Adair. Since filing for re-election in September, Baney raised more than $63,000 and spent more than $41,500, according to records filed with the Secretary of State’s office. Her largest single donations came from the Central Oregon Association of Realtors and the Central Oregon Small Business political action committee, but she also recorded donations of $500 from Democratic and Republican politicians, including Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, Bend City Councilor Bruce Abernethy, Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel and Sen. Tim Knopp, R-Bend.
Adair, meanwhile, raised about $28,600 and spent nearly $25,000. Her two largest contributions were both from residents of California, where she lived until four years ago.
The winner will meet James Cook, a Democrat and chairman of Redmond’s planning commission, in the November general election. He ran unopposed in the primary.
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