West Linn Tidings – ‘It’s not a job; it’s a purpose.’ McMullen eager for Clackamas clerk role
“The community saw change needed to happen and saw in me someone who can put that into place and can turn things around and make sure our elections here in Clackamas County are top-notch,” she [Catherine] said.
“I want to work hard with the public on restoring trust to our elections here in Clackamas County,” McMullen said.
The clerk’s position comes with a $112,000 annual salary. It involves managing elections as well as public records, including marriage licenses. The clerk can also officiate weddings, but Hall stopped providing this service in 2014 when same-sex marriage was legalized in Oregon. McMullen said she’s bringing this service back.
“Making sure that every resident in Clackamas County feels welcome and gets the services from their own government is critical,” McMullen said.
During her campaign, McMullen pitched herself as the right candidate to replace Hall. She has worked in elections since 2015 and is currently a campaign finance specialist in the Multnomah County Elections Division. After her win Tuesday, McMullen promised that her office will be a nonpartisan space where voters and residents will have “equal access to quality services and secure elections.”
“Our people-powered campaign has worked incredibly hard to enact needed change to our county clerk’s office,” McMullen said in a statement. “Your support will allow me to bring timely, accurate, and transparent elections to our county, and I am both humbled and thrilled that we have prevailed.”
Oregon City News – Catherine McMullen defeats Sherry Hall in clerk race
McMullen told Pamplin Media Group she was pleased with both the initial returns as well as the undervote for the clerk race, saying it appeared more people had voted in the clerk race than in years past. Initial results showed about 16,000 undervotes in the Clackamas County clerk race.
“We are really pleased. I was telling my supporters we’ve had 499 days of a fantastic campaign. Elections need to be better here where we live and I have the knowledge and expertise to help do that,” McMullen said. “There’s plenty of work still to be done here in Clackamas County.”
Catherine McMullen says she will resume civil marriage ceremonies at the Clackamas County Clerk’s Office if her lead in yesterday’s election holds and she becomes the new clerk.
Sherry Hall, who holds the office now, stopped conducting civil ceremonies in 2014 after Oregon legalized gay marriage.
“I will officiate weddings for all couples,” McMullen said in an interview.
The Story: KGW – Video: Clackamas clerk who oversaw elections fraught with errors loses her re-election
Retiring Canby Fire Chief Jim Davis was the leading vote-getter in the seven-way race for three seats on the Canby City Council, and longtime Clerk Sherry Hall appeared to have been decisively ousted after overseeing one of the worst election debacles in state history in the May primary in initial returns Tuesday night.