Tosterud takes early lead for Fairview mayor
Owen, Kotsakis, Voruz and Cooper ahead in contested council positions
As of 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, it's looking like Ted Tosterud will succeed Mike Weatherby as mayor of Fairview.
Multnomah County Elections Division shows Tosterud has garnered 625 (48 percent) of the votes, versus 529 (40 percent) for challenger Lisa Barton Mullins.
In Fairview City Council races:
Steve Owen looks to retain his seat for Position 2, leading Balwant Bhullar, with 815 votes (66 percent) to 393 (32 percent).
Ted Kotsakis is leading Leslie Moore for Position 4, 645 (53 percent) to Moores 562 (46 percent).
Natalie Voruz is winning in the Postion 5 race with 649 (54 percent) of the votes to Keith Kudrnas 536 (44 percent).
And in the Position 6 race, incumbent Tamie Arnold is losing to challenger Brian Cooper, 489 (40 percent) to 708 (58 percent).
Owen spent election night celebrating with immediate family and said he was "pretty excited" about remaining on the City Council. He credited all the candidates for their hard work and dedication to the city, but was already looking ahead to working with new council members and a new mayor.
"Ted is a proven business leader," Owen said. "I believe at the end of the day he will evaluate everything that comes before him and make decisions based on their own merit. After being on the City Council together, we've established a great relationship and I'm looking forward to working with him."JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT