Roseburg attorney Dan McKinney is the favorite for Douglas County Circuit Court judge in the latest Oregon State Bar Judicial Preference Poll. The poll, taken Sept. 23, showed McKinney with 31 votes, or 62 percent, compared with 19 votes, or 38 percent, for Douglas County Deputy District Attorney Kathleen Johnson.
McKinney and Johnson were the top two vote getters in a primary field with five candidates. Neither won a majority of the vote, forcing a runoff in November.
Johnson was first among voters in the May primary, however. She received 28.64 percent of the vote to McKinney's 23.17 percent.
McKinney touted his civil experience in the primary race. He's been a civil trial lawyer for 35 years and has served as a pro tem judge in the court of Circuit Judge Randy Garrison.
Garrison's retirement created the opening.
Johnson served 10 years in private practice before being offered a position with the county counsel's office. She was later recruited to become a deputy DA, and currently prosecutes major felonies.
McKinney is a senior attorney with DC Law in Roseburg.