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Springer wins commissioner race

Marcus Larson / News-Register<br><b>Allen Springer gets the low-down from Neal Lockhart after Lockhart had returned from the clerks office.</b>
Marcus Larson / News-Register
Allen Springer gets the low-down from Neal Lockhart after Lockhart had returned from the clerks office.
Marcus Larson/News-Register<br><b>Denise Bacon, center, checks the preliminary results at the clerks office.</b>
Marcus Larson/News-Register
Denise Bacon, center, checks the preliminary results at the clerks office.

Nov 6, 2012 | 1 Comment | has video


By Nathalie Hardy
Of the News-Register


Allen Springer has won the race for Yamhill County commissioner, defeating Denise Bacon, 18,215 to 16,609, or 53.3 percent to 47.7 percent.

The Yamhill County Clerk's Office is essentially finished with ballot counting as of 1:30 p.m. today. A few ballots that were dropped off in other counties remain to be counted, along with write-ins, but the margin is too wide for the results to change.

Springer is a home builder and former McMinnville City councilor. Bacon is a Newberg City councilor.

Both Springer and Bacon said candidates said they want to know the outcome of the race, although Bacon said she is disappointed by the outcome.

See Friday's paper for full coverage.

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---- Earlier versions of this story:

UPDATE: According to still-partial results released early this afternoon, former McMinnville City Councilor and custom home builder Allen Springer has won the race for Yamhill County commissioner.

Springer has 14,884 votes, or 52.24 percent, compared to 13,608 votes, or 47.76 percent, for his opponent, Newberg City Councilor Denise Bacon.

More ballots are being counted, but the 1,276-vote margin Wednesday is too wide for them to effect the outcome of the race. The clerk's office should have additional results Thursday.

Both Springer and Bacon said candidates said they want to know the outcome of the race, although Bacon said she is disappointed by the outcome.

See Friday's paper for full coverage.

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Early morning returns show Yamhill County commissioner candidate Allen Springer still maintains the lead.

The former McMinnville City Councilor has 12,048 votes, which is 51.74 percent while his opponent Denise Bacon has 11,237, which is 48.26 percent.

More returns are expected this afternoon. 

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With 60 percent of the votes counted, the second run for election results showed Springer increasing his lead.

The former McMinnville City Councilor has 10,183 votes, which is 51.87 percent while his opponent Denise Bacon has 9,450, which is 48.13 percent.

Springer said he was eager to get the final count and said he was pleased to see he was moving in the right direction. 

Bacon said she was looking forward to hearing the final return as she was still holding out hope. 

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The first run for election results show Yamhill County commissioner candidate Allen Springer with a narrow lead. 

While he said he was glad to hear the news, he said he knew it was still early to celebrate.

His opponent, Newberg City Councilor Denise Bacon, agreed. She said the first results werea little disappointing, but was encouraged that numbers are really close. Springer had 4,738 votes, which is 50.7 percent and Bacon had 4,604 votes which is 49.3 percent. 

County Clerk Becky Stern Doll said the first results are preliminary and represent a little over half the run. 

"We have a long way to go," she said. 

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As of 7 p.m. Tuesday, 76.4 percent of Yamhill County's 52,000 registered voters had cast ballots, according to the clerk's office. That compares with a total return four years ago of 74.2 percent, and prospective voters still had 60 minutes to go.

The county's top race pits Newberg City Councilor Denise Bacon against former McMinnville City Councilor Allen Springer. The winner of the nominally non-partisan race will replace former state legislator Leslie Lewis, who is term-limited out after 12 years of service.

Bacon plans to be at the clerk's office to get the news in person, when the clerk's office releases its first computer run at 8 p.m. Workers have had several days to collect ballots for that run, so it could well prove decisive.

Springer planned to join friends and colleagues, including state Rep. Jim Weidner, at the Mazatlan Restaurant at the north end of McMinnville. 

Bacon out-spent Springer almost 2-to-1. According to state records, she spent $17,096 to his $8,670. However, Springer rolled to victory in a six-way primary in which he was also significantly out-spent.

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12:04 pm - Wed, November 7 2012
Red cedar said:
Why in heaven's name is Springer conferring with Neil Lockhart of all people? Wait - this photo shows a clean shaven man in a suit, that can't be Lockhart.

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