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Commissioner race too close to call

Lake Oswego's Lynn Peterson continues to hold a slight lead

Lynn Peterson was leading the race for a Clackamas County Commission position Wednesday morning, but elections officials said it was too soon to say whether the Democratic city councilor from Lake Oswego would unseat incumbent Republican Larry Sowa.

Peterson netted 47.9 percent of the vote as of 10:30 a.m. with Clackamas County ballots collected in Multnomah, Washington and other counties still outstanding in the race.

Sowa was closely trailing with 46 percent, a spread of only 2,144 votes.

'My feeling is that this trend will hold,' Peterson said after recapping trends and percentage points overnight.

Peterson, a transportation and land use consultant, leveraged planning issues in the campaign and showed a strong lead Tuesday night as ballots first rolled in.

She lost percentage points overnight to Sowa, a veterinarian and eight-year veteran of the county commission, as ballots from eastern Clackamas County were counted.

County election officials said 144,165 ballots were cast in this election but only 120,612 were counted by press time.

Former West Linn Mayor David Dodds, an independent candidate in the race, so far had received 6,558 votes.