By Laura Canida
Results show Dave Hunt as the probable winner over write-in candidate David W. Kays for Clackamas Community College’s Director, Zone 3 position which serves Gladstone, Oak Grove, and Jennings Lodge areas. The unofficial results were updated on Clackamas County’s election web page on May 24 at 4:42 p.m..
Hunt, the current director, has received 90 percent of the votes. Kays, and other write-ins received a total of 468 votes to Hunt’s 4,326. The results also show that over 3,400 residents were counted as an undervote which occurs when no vote is cast for a single choice or a vote that had been cast but shows no legally valid selection. Undervotes were recorded in every section of this election, and are very common.
Kays, a Lincoln High School music teacher who lives in Milwaukie, launched a write-in campaign on May 9, just days after the announcement that Hunt was cited for commercial sexual solicitation. Hunt is currently on a leave of absence from the board. His arraignment is scheduled for May 27 at 8:30 a.m. at the Multnomah County Courthouse.
According to an email from Tim Cook sent to students on May 7, board members can not be terminated. “Board members are elected officials and there are no existing policies on board member termination. The board may ask for a member to resign, but the member has the right to choose.” If a board member’s seat is vacated at any point in time, the board would begin an appointment process to fill the seat.
This story will be updated until final results are posted.