UPDATED 3 P.M. MONDAY, NOV. 16: Mark Shull has defeated incumbent Ken Humberston to earn a seat on Clackamas County's board of commissoners.
According to returns published 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13,
Shull has earned 50.6% of the vote to secure the win. Humberston earned 48.7% of the vote. He trails Shull by a margin of 3,604 votes with less than 600 votes left to be processed, according to county data.
Humberston was ahead in early returns leading by as much as 9%, but as results continued to churn out of the county's elections divsion from this year's historically high turnout —83% — Shull began to surge and eventually overcame Humberston's total.
Humberston told Pamplin Media that he had not yet called to conced as of Monday, Nov. 16, but he plans to contact Shull and congratulate him on the win this week.
"I believe that the job belongs to the people, and they hire who they want for the job. That's their privilege," Humberston said. "It's up to me to accept that and move on."
Humberston said that over the next month and a half he'll continue to work on behalf of the people with the same effort and focus he's done the past four years.
"I've been around for along time and I understand the rules," he said. "Emotionally speaking, it's disappointing of course. I believe we made a lot of progress for Clackamas County, and I think, unfortunately, that was ignored in the temperment of the moment."
Clackmas County Clerk Sherry Hall said that the majority of votes left to be counted are ballots that were either improperly marked or damaged and have to be duplicated by hand to a clean ballot before they're processed. Additionally, voters who received a letter from the county elections divsion saying their ballot had an issue have until Tuesday, Nov. 17 to cure their ballot and be counted in the official results. The clerk has to certify the results within 20 days of the election which is Monday, Nov. 23.
A resident of Sandy, Shull is a former military officer and retired residential developer. He's become more involved with local politics in recent years, serving as a House District 52 captain, precinct committee person and 3rd Congressional District alternate vice chair. He is also a member of the Sandy Oregon Area Republicans (SOAR).
Shull ran on a platform of keeping Clackamas County affordable by being a watchdog for taxpayers and withdrawing from regional relationships that don't benefit the county's citizens.
Although the board is a nonpartisan office, Shull's win signals a shift to the right on the political spectrum as Republicans now outnumber Democrats 3-2, with Chair-elect Tootie Smith also taking a seat come January.
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