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Sandy mayor and councilors hold uncontested seats

As expected, Mayor Bill King and the Sandy City Council members who were up for reelection in the Nov. 4 election will continue to hold their positions in office. Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - King

King, Council President Jeremy Pietzold, Councilwoman Lois Coleman and Councilman Carl Exner were all running unopposed.

In early results from the Clackamas County Elections Division, King had 2,184 votes, Pietzold 1,951 votes, Coleman 1,930 votes and Exner 1,960 votes.

Damascus mayor-elect not worried about council’s future

The Damascus City Council has been at odds with many citizens, but with the Nov. 4 election, Mayor-elect Diana Helm feels the council is ready to move forward and come together.

Helm ran on a reform platform with David Hadley for the Position 3 City Council seat and Nancy Carpenter for the Position 4 seat.

All three won their races by hefty margins — with an average of 62.6 percent of votes cast — and hope to turn back measures supported by Mayor Steve Spinnett, including citizen lawsuits. Spinnett did not run for re-election, and the new council and mayor will be installed in January.Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Helm

Spinnett’s agenda also suffered a defeat in the election when a comprehensive development plan on the ballot that he backed failed by more than 68 percent. Another comp plan, the original plan drafted in 2013 and made eligible by citizen petition, will be on the March 2015 ballot.

But the election of Helm, Hadley and Carpenter could still leave the vote split on the seven-member City Council. Councilors Debra Stevens, Bill Wehr and Dan Tomlinson traditionally had been in the mayor’s camp when it came time to vote, while Councilor Jim DeYoung’s voting record was often “irrational,” Helm said.

“I think Dan and Debra and Bill are open to working with the three of us, once they hear it from our perspective,” she said. “We really should be doing what the citizens want and see how we can get to a ‘yes’ to do what’s right for our citizens. We need to create more jobs, and we are elected to speak for our citizens.”

Voters give Hall stamp of approval

Clackamas County Clerk Sherry Hall will still oversee elections for the next four years. Hall has been clerk for 12 years and has held onto her seat through controversies and allegations of mismanagement.

A majority of voters say she’s doing a good job, though — 59.08 percent voted for her over challenger David Robinson, who earned 40.13 percent.

Robinson, of West Linn, had hoped to capitalize on sentiments that the clerk’s office is poorly run.

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