LINCOLN COUNTY — The Lincoln County Clerk’s office is currently gearing up to host the May 18 special election. That means that business at the clerk’s office is about to pick up exponentially.
The Lincoln County Voter’s Pamphlet, produced by the office of County Clerk Dana Jenkins for the upcoming special election, is now available for viewing.
The 16-page local guidebook, filled with information on the May 18 special election, is available online at https://tinyurl.com/7y3bpcuf. The pamphlet contains information about the county’s nine ballot drop box locations, the four measures local taxing districts are placing on the ballot, and information on candidates running for office who submitted information before the March 22 filing deadline.
Candidates filed to run for 92 positions up for election in May. The highest profile race on next month’s ballots is the five-person race to fill the remainder of former Lincoln City Mayor Dick Anderson’s seat.
Anderson, elected to the Oregon Senate during the November general election, could be succeeded by another former Lincoln City mayor and ex-city planning commissioner, Don Williams. Also running to complete Anderson’s term, which expires Dec. 31, 2022, are current city councilor Riley Hoagland, former city councilor Susan Wahlke, and private residents Fernando Garza and John Forse, founder of the Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic.
The lone additional city government race on the ballot is to complete an unexpired term on the Waldport City Council. Former Waldport city councilor Rick Booth is running unopposed to fill that seat.
Other races to watch include the three spots up for grabs on the Lincoln County School District Board of Directors. The Zone 3 directors’ race features incumbent Ron Beck facing challenges from Lance Vanderbeck, Erica Wilson and Mike Rawles.
In Zone 4, sitting board member Jenny Demaris is not running to retain her seat. Peter Vince and Stephen Vogel are competing to fill the four-year term. Senitila McKinley and Eric Goss are running to succeed current Zone 5 director Amanda Remund.
Several port, health and fire district board positions are also up for election in May. To view a complete list of candidates who’ve filed to run for offices, go to https://tinyurl.com/5pbtfmve.
To view a sample ballot, visit https://tinyurl.com/hrfhpxnz. Keep in mind, the sample ballot online includes every race and ballot measure electors will vote on throughout the county. The ballots that registered voters will receive in the mail will be specific to each individual voter, meaning they will only receive ballots that allow for voting on measures and offices within their specific voting area.
Jenkins could not be reached for comment Thursday morning while in Bend overseeing the printing of the county’s ballots by BMS Technologies. Ballots were sent April 2 to military and overseas voters. They are scheduled to be mailed April 19 to out-of-state voters.
The deadline to register to vote in the May 18 election is April 27. The clerk’s office is slated to mail standard ballots to Lincoln County residents the following day.
For more information or questions about next month’s election, visit the Lincoln County Clerk’s website at www.co.lincoln.or.us/clerk or call the office during regular business hours at 541-265-4131.