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Josh Marquis

Josh Marquis

When we wrote on October 27 about the ballot issue to provide a salary supplement to the Clatsop County prosecutor, we suggested that the fairly well-known attorney – Josh Marquis – might get a pretty good reading from this vote of his real popularity in the county. After all, district attorneys are not often defeated for re-election absent some hot controversy, and Marquis’ professional capability doesn’t seem in question. Astoria has, after all, only so many attorneys.

The results are in. (Quick background: Many of Oregon’s smaller counties provided supplements to the state-provided pay for their DAs; Marquis’ was pulled because of a squabble with the county commission. The campaign over the ballot issue was heated.) But it’s hard to know what to make of it.

Measure 4-123 appears to have gotten 6,596 favorable votes and 6,666 against: Losing by 70 votes.

Hmm. Not an overwhelming endorsement, but certainly no great rejection either. Marquis may be mulling on this for a while.

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