The Northwest Oregon Labor Council (NOLC) fared quite well on Election Day, winning four of five races that it was involved in.
Tops on the list was the election of 29-year-old union activist Kyle Allen to the Hillsboro City Council. Allen, taking his first stab at elected office, soundly defeated Hillsboro school board member Monte Akers, capturing nearly 64 percent of the vote.
Voter turnout out in Washington County, where Hillsboro is located, was 66.6 percent.
NOLC-endorsed Henry Heimuller was re-elected to the Columbia County Board of Commissioners. He defeated Wayne Mayo 54.5 to 45 percent.
And Cathleen Callahan was elected Judge for the Circuit Court, 19th District. She out-polled Jean Marie Martwick with 54 percent of the vote.
Martwick was appointed to fill a vacancy left by the retirement of Judge Steven B. Reed last fall by Gov. John Kitzhaber. She was challenged in her first bid for a full term of office by Callahan, a Goble resident who has a law office in St. Helens, and attorney Jason Heym.
In the May primary, Martwick won 37.7 percent of the vote, while Callahan won 36.4 percent.
Voter turnout in Columbia County was 72 percent.
In Portland, NOLC-endorsed Ballot Measure 26-159 passed handily, capturing nearly 74 percent of the vote. The $68 million general obligation bond will be used to fix playgrounds and trails, and improve park facilities. It is a continuation of an existing parks bond that expires in 2015.
Voter turnout in Multnomah County was 67 percent.
NOLC’s only loss came in Clackamas County, where David Robinson lost his bid to unseat Sherry Hall for County clerk. The vote was 59 percent to 40 percent.
Voter turnout in Clackamas County was 66 percent.