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Clackamas Commissioner race too close to call

Lake Oswego's Lynn Peterson continues to hold a slight lead
by: Lake Oswego Review, Lynn Peterson

Lynn Peterson was continuing to lead the race for a Clackamas County Commission position Friday 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 47.42 percent of the vote as of Friday morning. She had 61,228 votes.

Sowa was closely trailing with 46.56 percent, a spread of only 1,103 votes.

'My feeling is that this trend will hold,' Peterson said Wednesday 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 129,110 were counted by Friday morning.

Former West Linn Mayor David Dodds, an independent candidate in the race, had received 7,613 votes or 5.9 percent.