Abercrombie concedes race to Buckley

Medford Republican Sandy Abercrombie called incumbent Ashland Democrat Peter Buckley this morning to concede the Oregon House District 5 seat to him, making the race one of the few in Jackson County that swung away from the G.O.P. Tuesday.

“I hope he enjoys all those Republicans up there in Salem,” Abercrombie said this morning.

Buckley garnered about 60.3 percent of the vote in District 5, a Democrat-laden section of the county that encompasses Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, Jacksonville and a small portion of west Medford. The county’s latest count, released at 1:30 a.m. today, showed 12,510 voters supported him.

Buckley, who was seeking his fourth term as the District 5 representative, said late Tuesday that he was eager to continue to serve as co-chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

“I’m looking forward to finding a path to get the state through this crisis and back on solid ground,” he said.

Abercrombie, a political newcomer and retired U.S. Forest Service computer specialist, received 39.6 percent of the vote, according to the county’s latest report, which shows 8,211 voters supported her.

“There’s just a lot of liberals that live south of Medford,” she said. “I’m going to take a look at the precinct-by-precinct breakdown to see if I can see any trends at all to help the next candidate.”

Although Abercrombie said she enjoyed running against Buckley, who she called “friendly and fair,” she doesn’t think she’ll continue to pursue political office.

She’ll keep serving as the webmaster for the Oregon Federation of Republican Women and will volunteer to help future Republican candidates, she said.

“This was interesting — that a 65-year-old grandma can get 40 percent of the vote — just think of what a younger person could do,” she said.

—Hannah Guzik

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