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Davis, Thompson win positions on Brookings port commission

The anti-annexation campaign paid off for Roger Thompson, who replaced incumbent Jim Relaford on the Port of Brookings Harbor board of commissioners in Tuesday’s election.

Thompson defeated Relaford by a margin of 29.9 percent while incumbent board members Roy Davis, who also opposes annexation, defeated challenger Skip Watwood by a margin of 28.5 percent. 

Thompson, a Harbor native who spent his career managing sawmills around the Pacific Northwest, made it clear he is against annexation, and that his main interest is developing tourism at the port.

“I think I can help a lot with my background in business and the tourism industry,” Thompson said. “I think I bring a lot to the table with my many years of experience in other places. I understand business and tourism, and I can help with that at the port.” 

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Voters reject Sheriff's split-rate tax

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Measure 8-81, asking voters to fund the sheriff’s office for the next three years, was defeated by more than 1,000 votes in the May 19 election Tuesday.

Election returns showed it was defeated 3,916 to 2,926, or 57.2 to 42.7 percent. Voter turnout totaled 6,842 out of 13,043.

“It would be an understatement to say we’re disappointed with the results,” said Sheriff John Ward, from a gathering to celebrate proponents’ work on the measure. “I thought it would be a little bit closer. But the majority of citizens who voted have made the decision not to support the level of law enforcement and public safety needed for the safety of our county.”

“It’s pretty somber up here at the sheriff’s party,” said Brookings Mayor Ron Hedenskog, who worked with Ward to promote the measure and was at the party to watch the returns. 

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