Former Oregon House President Dave Hunt sailed to victory in his bid for another term on the Clackamas Community College board on Tuesday night, garnering 97% of the vote weeks after his arrest in connection Portland police prostitution bite.
Hunt, now a lobbyist, was arrested last month after allegedly soliciting sex with an undercover agent.
He was one of eight men arrested during the needle stick operation.
Hunt, a Democrat, took a leave of absence from his duties on the board of directors after his arrest made headlines. The incident prompted David Kays, a Lincoln High School music teacher who lives in Milwaukie, to mount a written campaign to overthrow the two-term holder.
Kays launched his campaign days after news of Hunt’s arrest was announced, which was first reported by Pamplin Media.
Kays praised his credentials as an educator and said he was running for the seat because the incumbent âwas having complex legal issuesâ.
Compared to the 2,153 voters who backed Hunt, only 162 voters wrote in a choice other than Hunt, with many likely opting for Kays. This represented 3% of those who voted during the race.
Another 1,700 voters who live in Hunt District and voted before Tuesday’s deadline did not vote for him or write in another choice, according to Clackamas election results.
Eder is the educational reporter for The Oregonian. Do you have a tip about Portland public schools? E-mail [email protected].