Wilson, county commissioner overseeing rail project, appears to be losing bid for re-election

Larry Wilson, incumbent Malheur County commissioner, trails behind his two challengers in the latest vote tally. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

VALE – Larry Wilson’s tenure as a Malheur County commissioner appears headed for an end over following Tuesday's primary election.

Unofficial results reported late Wednesday afternoon showed Wilson, the Republican incumbent, far behind the two challengers for his seat.

The latest unofficial vote tally shows challenger Ron Jacobs out in front with 1,281 votes, or 37% of total votes, while Jim Mendiola stood at 1,204 votes, or 35%. Wilson trailed with 890 votes, about 26%.

The race for the commissioner position was the only local contested race on the primary ballot. County Judge Dan Joyce and Commissioner Don Hodge, who along with Wilson make up the Malheur County Court, weren't up . . .