Former President Donald Trump has once again been pronounced the winner, this time of the race for the third
seat on the board of a fire protection district in rural Oregon.
On May 16, the tiny Hubbard Rural Fire Protection District, an area encompassing seven square miles about a half-hour south of Portland, held an election for its three director positions. Two incumbents, Michelle Luna and Michael Willis, easily coasted to re-election, but there was no declared candidate for the third position, inviting a write-in campaign from voters.
As might be expected, votes were scarce in this off-year election. In a district of 5,000 residents, just 25 votes were cast, mostly for high-profile
, such as Trump, Snoop Dogg, Mickey Mouse, and Smokey Bear. After all the votes were tallied, five candidates, including the former president, each had two write-in votes.
To break the five-way tie, the law called for a literal roll of the dice, which was scheduled for 9 a.m. on June 23. As none of the five candidates attended the dice roll in person, representatives for each candidate were selected to roll on their candidate's behalf. After the first roll of two dice, three candidates — Trump, Rocky Sherwood, and Paula Smith — each rolled a 10 and advanced to the second round. In the second round, Trump's surrogate rolled a 12, easily defeating the other contenders, making the former president the sole winner of third director position on the board of the Hubbard Rural Fire Protection District.
claim they will reach out to Trump to see if he will accept the position, but they have their doubts. For one thing, Trump, who resides in Mar-a-Lago in Florida, neither lives nor owns property in the district, as required by law. "We don't even have a Donald Trump registered in the county," said Marion County Clerk Bill Burgess.
If Trump officially withdraws himself from contention, then officials will contact Sherwood and Smith, whose surrogates also tied with Trump's for 10 in the initial dice roll and who ostensibly live or own property in the district, to see if either of them are interested in the unpaid position. If neither of them is interested, then the position will be declared vacant and someone will be appointed to it.
"It just shows the persnicketiness that we go through when people are doing write-ins," Burgess added.
The board is expected to determine how to proceed at its next meeting, scheduled for July 12. The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment from Forbes.