Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Dugan, Luke, jail bond all lose

Anti-incumbency fever struck in Deschutes County as District Attorney Mike Dugan lost to his former assistant Patrick Flaherty by a 61 percent to 39 percent margin. Dugan has been D.A. for more than 20 years.

His resounding defeat could affect his wife, Judy Stiegler, who is running to retain her state House seat as a Democrat.

There are still about 15,000 ballots left to be counted.

Dennis Luke, a county commissioner since 1999 lost to Tony DeBone by a 58 percent to 42 percent margin.

And the $44 million jail expansion bond was mugged by a 68 percent to 32 percent margin.

Also, voters in Deschutes County voted by comfortable margins in favor of lower and higher education in Measures 68 and 69 respectively.

We're starting to correct our priorities. Put our money in education and not incarceration.

Turnout was about 45 percent, according to county clerk Nancy Blankenship.

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