Lebanon and Sweet Home attorney Rachel Kittson-MaQatish and Albany attorney Teri Plagmann will have a runoff election in November, since none of the four candidates for a Linn County Circuit Court judgeship received more than 50 percent of the vote in Tuesday balloting.
The Circuit Court seat will be open after the retirement of Judge Daniel Murphy.
Kittson-MaQatish, 46, received 8,742 votes, or about 45 percent, as of 9 p.m. Plagmann received 5,875 votes, or about 30 percent.
Albany attorney Rebecca Winters received 2,782 votes, about 14 percent; and Legal Aid of Oregon attorney Jennifer Hisey received 2,013 votes, about 10 percent.
Kittson-MaQatish grew up in Sweet Home and has earned degrees from Linn-Benton Community College, Oregon State University and Willamette University.
In addition to her law work, Kittson-MaQatish has a long history of community service in east Linn County. In 2014 she was named Lebanon’s Woman of the Year and Sweet Home’s First Citizen of the Year.
While in law school, she founded the Willamette Street Law Project, which teaches teen parents and at-risk youth about the law.
She is a partner in the Morley Thomas Law Firm in Lebanon and Sweet Home and has a broad range of courtroom experience from family law and civil commitments to being a prosecutor for the city of Lebanon.
She is married with four children.
Plagmann’s family has farmed in the mid-valley for more than a century.
She has more than 20 years in family, business and criminal law practice and came back to the Albany area after several years practicing in Portland.
Plagmann, 47, has a degree in animal science from OSU and earned her law degree from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College because it offered a specialty in water law and animal law, topics of continuing importance in the West.
In addition to her law work, Plagmann volunteered with CASA in Multnomah County and at the St. Andrew’s Legal Clinic.
She started her own law firm in Portland in 2008 and moved back to the mid-valley in 2014 to be closer to her family.
Plagmann said family law has provided her with a broad range of legal experiences and she enjoys being in the courtroom.
Plagmann is married and has three children.
Winters has a degree in psychology from the University of Washington and a law degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayette.
She grew up in California and New York and practiced law in Colorado and Arizona before moving to Albany in 2014 to be near her daughter, who lives in Philomath.
Winters has extensive experience as a mediator and has practiced family law and worked in child support enforcement.
Hisey, 40, is an attorney with Legal Aid Services of Oregon — Albany office.
She has a degree in political science from Western Washington University and a law degree from the Oregon School of Law. She is married and has three children.
She started her law career as a staff attorney at the Lane County Legal Aid Domestic Violence Clinic. In 2006, she started working in the Albany office of Legal Aid Services of Oregon.
She lives in Eugene and has served on numerous committees in Linn and Benton counties in her work with Legal Aid.
Hisey said her experience with Legal Aid has provided her with a lot of time in courtrooms and a desire to make the justice system user-friendly.