Dykstra leading close race for City Council seat

Wayne Dykstra had a slim lead over Zach Beck in the race for the Lebanon City Council Ward 1 after the initial flood of votes were tallied Tuesday night, Nov. 3.

Dykstra, a retired minister, had 844 votes (46.71%), while Beck, a high school student, had 782 (43.28%). Write-in candidate(s) received 181 votes (2.40%).

The Ward 1 race was the only contested one for City Council; Mayor Paul Aziz and incumbent councilors Rebecca Grizzle (Ward II)  and Jason Bolen (Ward III) ran unchallenged.

Meanwhile, the four-year Linn County law enforcement local option tax levy looked to be trailing, with 40,692 (62.60%) no votes and 24,311 (37.40%) yes.

Republican Sherrie Sprenger appeared to be a runaway winner in the four-candidate race for Linn County Commission Seat 3, with a 63.3% lead over Democrat Scott Bruslind (26.57%), Independent Gary Sullivan (5.82%) and Libertarian Christopher Wade (2.09%).

In the race for the state House of Representatives 17th District seat being vacated by Sprenger, Republican Jami Cate of Lebanon (23,736, 68.98%) was well ahead of Democrat Paige Hook of Stayton (10,037, 29.17%) and Pacific Green Party candidate Timothy Dehne of Scio (588, 1.71%).

In the race for the state Senate 9th District seat, Republican incumbent Frank Girod of Lyons (40,003, 65.87%) led Democratic/Pacific Green challenger Jim Hinsvark of Woodburn (19,136, 31.51%) and Libertarian Patrick Marnell (1,520, 2.50%).