Ward, Alford, Wright win
OREGON COUNTY -- Oregon County Sheriff Tim Ward, was declared the winner in the Democratic primary. Ward received 1,783 votes to challenger Doug Fountain's 1,026 votes.
The Northern District Commissioner's seat in the county was won by Buddy Wright. He received 908 votes and challenger Dick Richardson received 533 votes.
The assessor's race in the county was won by Charles Alford. Alford received 1,930 votes. Jeff Holman, who was also seeking the seat, had 847 votes.
The Rock-A-Way Beach gambling issue was defeated in the county 2,104 votes to 1,213 votes. This was Amendment No. 1 and would bring gambling activities to the White River. The gay marriage issue in Oregon County passed 2,929 to 434 votes. This was amendment No. 2 and said marriage in the state will only be recognized between a man and a woman.
Returns statewide were not in as of press time.
The returns announced are still unofficial and have not yet been certified by the secretary of state's office.