Oates Wins HR County Commission Chair; School Local Option Passes Easily

Mike Oates will be the next Hood River County Commission Chair.  The orchardist with a long history of local governmental involvement polled 67 percent of the vote to win the seat over current District 2 County Commissioner Rich McBride.  Oates received 3,470 votes, while McBride polled 1,673.  Oates will succeed the retiring Ron Rivers at the end of the year.  The Hood River County School District’s local option levy was extended for another five years.  Voters gave their approval to continue the levy, first approved thirteen years ago.  The measure passed by a wide margin with 74 percent saying yes, 4,120 to 1,449.