Smith, Humberston appear headed for runoff in Clackamas County
Incumbent Tootie Smith appears headed for a November runoff election against challenger Ken Humberston in the race for Position 4 on the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners.
Second returns Wednesday morning showed Smith with 47.1 percent of the vote, followed by Humberston with 28.5 percent and Bill King with 24.3 percent.
"I don't think the numbers are conclusive," Smith said shortly after the initial results were posted. "I'm encouaged but cautious."
If those results hold and no one wins a majority in the nonpartisan race, the top two finishers will advance to the Nov. 8 general election.
Humberston, 70, of Beavercreek, is a retired probation officer and a member of the Clackamas River Water Board. King, 55, owner of an auto repair business, has been mayor of Sandy since 2011.
Both criticized Smith for her aggressive stances on a variety of issues.
On Tuesday night, King said gaining a foothold past Humbertson appeared to be an uphill battle.
"I'd like to have the roles reversed," he said, "but we'll hang on for a while."
Smith, 59, is a fourth-generation Oregonian and owner of a farm near Molalla, where she raises hazelnuts. She was elected a commissioner on her second try in November 2012.
Smith lost her first bid for the county commission in 2004, when she was a two-term state representative, to appointed incumbent Martha Schrader.
Smith has been outspoken in her criticism of regional agencies such as Metro and TriMet. But she said she can work cooperatively with both agencies toward achieving common goals.