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Voters bounce Wilson, give green light to Jacobs in county commissioner race

Ron Jacobs won the Republican primary race May 19, defeating incumbent Larry Wilson and challenger Jim Mendiola. (The Enterprise/File).

VALE – Malheur County Republican voters delivered a clear message in the wake of the May 19 primary election - they weren’t satisfied with County Commissioner Larry Wilson’s performance and wanted a change.

Wilson collected just 990 votes, or 26%, while former state water master Ron Jacobs won the race with 1,446 votes – or 38% of total votes in Tuesday’s primary election. Vale contractor Jim Mendiola finished second in the race with 1,342 votes, or 35%.

The contest 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 . . .