ENTERPRISE – Wallowa County voters chose John Hillock for County commissioner in the 2018 midterm elections.

The four-way commissioner race was set early in September following the sudden death of commissioner-elect Bruce Dunn. Hillock, owner of Enterprise Electric, received nearly 60 percent of the votes.

Following the sudden absence last spring of the Wallowa County treasurer and the office’s only support staff member, three candidates filed to run for the county office. Longtime county employee Ginger Goebel-Burns won the election with nearly 47 percent of the votes cast.

Sandy Lathrop retained her position as county clerk in the election in an uncontested race.

Fifty-six percent of Wallowa County voters endorsed former District Attorney Mona Williams in the race for circuit court judge against Union County Attorney Wes Williams. Mona Williams was appointed last summer to finish Judge Russell West’s term that ends in December.

In the City of Joseph a ballot initiative to allow a marijuana dispensary passed by 14 votes.

Enterprise had the only contested city council position. Bruce Blivens edged out competitor Ashley Sullivan by a margin of roughly four percent. Councilors Jenni Word and David Elliott ran uncontested to retain their seats on council. Mayor Stacy Karvoski also ran without an opponent to retain her position.

In Joseph, two incumbent council members retained their seats, Teresa Sajonia and Pearl Sturm.

In Wallowa, three positions were filled in uncontested races. Gary Hulse was elected mayor while Joe Town and Oran Mccrae were elected to serve on city council.

Dusty Tippett kept his position as mayor of Lostine while Katelyn Shelton and Darci Calhoun will fill two of the city council roles.

Wallowa County voted solidly for conservative candidates and ideals throwing their support behind Knute Buehler for governor, Greg Walden for U.S. Congress and Greg Barreto for the Oregon State House of Representatives.

On statewide initiatives, Wallowa County voted against Measure 102 allowing local governments to raise funds for affordable housing; voted to ban taxing groceries on Measure 103; voted for Measure 104 that would have made it harder to raise taxes; supported Measure 105 that would have given more authority to local law enforcement over immigrants; and voted to support 106 that would have restricted public funds support of abortions.

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