PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Election Day 2021 has arrived and several issues are the main focus in Oregon and Southwest Washington.
There are a few important races on the ballot in Clark County, including the Vancouver mayoral race between incumbent Anne McEnerny-Ogle and Earl Bowerman. In that race, McEnerny-Ogle easily defeated Bowerman, 67-32%.
Several municipal races took place in Battle Ground and Ridgefield as well, along with the Clark County school board elections.
Also on the ballot was Proposition 10 to fund body and dash cameras for Clark County sheriff’s deputies. If approved, Prop 10 would have implemented a 0.1% sales and use tax throughout the county. However, voters defeated it, 56-44%.
In Oregon, the measure that has generated the most interest is in Cannon Beach. There’s only one item on the ballot for Clatsop County voters, but it’s creating a divide in the community.
Measure 4-210 would place a 5% tax on most prepared food within Cannon Beach. That includes things like deli food and meals prepared at restaurants.
As of Wednesday morning, Clatsop County was reporting 51.75% of votes in favor of the tax, with 48.25% opposed. The results are still unofficial.
If passed, the tax will raise money to fund the Cannon Beach Rural Fire District and would help cover the cost of building a new city hall and police station. Five percent of the tax revenue raised would also go back to back to businesses to help offset the cost of collecting it.
The city of Newport is also deciding on a 5% tax on prepared food in the November election.