Democrats head back to the state capital, and two Tigard councilors run unopposed.

Election results may have been surprising in the Tigard and Sherwood mayoral races, but the Tigard City Council and state legislative races didn’t seen any major upsets Tuesday night.

Tigard City Council

Marland HendersonIncumbent City Councilor Marland Henderson won re-election, and Jason Snider will replace outgoing City Councilor Nick Wilson after the two candidates ran essentially unopposed in the general election.

In Tigard, the two candidates with the most votes fill the two open council seats. Henderson and Snider were the only contenders vying for the seats.

Henderson goes into his second term as one of the five-member council’s most seasoned veterans after seriously considering running for mayor to fill the remainder of Mayor Craig Dirksen’s term.

Henderson ultimately decided to stay on the council, saying the city’s recently hired city manager, along with a new mayor and the possibility of up to two new councilors would be too much turnover for the city.

Henderson is joined by 37-year-old Snider, a political newcomer who has never held elected office.

Jason SniderSnider has lived in Tigard since 1999 and served on the city’s Budget Committee from 2005 to 2009. Two of those years, he served as the committee’s chairman.

A paramedic by training, Snider works as healthcare operations administrator at Kaiser Permanente in Beaverton.

Snider joins newly elected Mayor John L. Cook as the newest members of the council, alongside City Councilor Marc Woodward and Council President Gretchen Buehner.

Oregon Legislature

The Tigard-area’s two democratic female representatives are headed back to Salem following Tuesday’s election, each easily retaining control of their districts in the state House and Senate against Republican challengers.

Margaret DohertyIn Oregon House District 35, incumbent Democrat Margaret Doherty had a strong showing against John Goodhouse, a Republican financial advisor who had previously run unsuccessfully for Tigard City Council in 2010.

District 35 serves Tigard, Metzger, Bull Mountain and parts of Beaverton and Southwest Portland.

Doherty faced a strong challenge from Goodhouse, who plastered the community with campaign signs and billboards. Ultimately, Doherty earned 61 percent of the vote, securing more than 4,000 votes more than Goodhouse.

A former teacher and consultant with the Oregon Education Association, Doherty runs a floral business out of her home and serves on the Tigard Planning Commission.

In the Oregon Senate race for District 18, which represents Tigard, Metzger, Bull Mountain and a large portion of Southwest Portland, incumbent Ginny Burdick easily won against interior designer Suzanne Gallagher.

Ginny BurdickBurdick, who won her fifth term in the Senate Tuesday night, serves as the Senate’s president pro tem and chairwoman of the Revenue and Finance Committee.

Early election results released Wednesday showed Burdick with a decisive 71 percent victory over Gallagher, securing nearly 31,000 votes, compared to Gallagher's 12,734.

The two wins were part of a string of successful democratic showings across the state, which will allow the party to take control of both houses of the Legislature.

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