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The East Lane District county commissioner’s primary election race in May was won by nine votes. With only 33 percent of registered voters casting ballots, fewer than 17 percent of the district’s voters re-elected Faye Stewart to the seat. More than 16 percent voted for someone else — most of them for Kevin Matthews.
If Stewart had received nine fewer votes, Matthews’ name would also be on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.
County Commissioner, Lane County, East Lane, Position 5
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In a little-known chapter of the May 2014 primary election story, just as ballots were in the hands of East Lane County voters, an organized group of hard right-wing Stewart supporters mailed a mendacious hit piece to tens of thousands of Republicans in the district.
We can still vote for common sense and positive change in Lane County government this November.
Despite receiving only 45% of votes tallied in the East Lane district for the May primary - and then, only supported by 17% of registered voters in the district - by just nine votes, Faye Stewart will be the only name pre-printed on our November ballot for East Lane County Commissioner.
But you can still express yourself!
Let the incumbents know how you feel:
Write in "Kevin Matthews" for Lane County Commissioner for November, 2014.
I've called Faye Stewart and congratulated him on his victory in a hard-fought race. He graciously allowed it had been challenging at times, and that I had put some serious pressure on. I said I appreciate the times when he and I have managed to both get on the same page on an issue, because that often means we have found a real win-win for the community. And Faye agreed.
The final tally from Lane County Elections puts Stewart nine votes from going to a runoff against me in November.