Election brings new members to Estacada City Council
There will be both new and returning faces on the Estacada City Council.
In the Tuesday, Nov. 3, election, Mayor Sean Drinkwine won reelection to the seat he has held since 2016, garnering more votes than challenger Nicole Gardner Austin.
Results updated Thursday, Nov. 12, show Drinkwine garnered 1,502 votes, or 80.24%. The same update tallied 370 votes, or 19.76%, as write-in.
Gardner Austin was running on a write-in campaign. Initial election results tally votes for all write-in candidates as "write-in." If the count for a specific candidate is statistically significant, the name will be included in the certified results released on Monday, Nov. 23.
Compared to the Nov. 3 results, there were 21 write-in votes in the 2016 Estacada mayoral election, during which there were no candidates running on a write-in platform.
"It speaks for itself that people stood up and gave me their confidence," Drinkwine said, citing safe and healthy growth, jobs and the local economy as important priorities. "I want to thank all the citizens of Estacada for their support. I wouldn't be able to do this job if it weren't for the people."
Paul Strobel, Charity Hughes and Joel Litkie pulled ahead in the race for three open seats on the Estacada City Council. Results indicate that Hughes earned 1,101 votes, or 28.81%; Litkie earned 1,120 votes, or 29.31%, and Strobel earned 1,335 votes, or 35.46%.
Scott Staudt was also running as a write-in candidate. Results show that 245 votes, or 6.41%, were tallied as write-in. Comparatively, there were 70 write-in votes in the 2016 Estacada City Council election, during which there were no candidates running on a write-in platform.
Strobel, who was appointed to the City Council to fill a vacancy earlier this year, works as an insurance agent for State Farm. Along with heading the economic portion of the Downtown Estacada Commission, he's also served on the city's budget committee and the board of directors for 300 Main.
"I'm excited to work with the new council members and staff and see what plans we come up with," he said.
Litkie works as a cybersecurity analyst and is the founder of Estacada Community Watch.
"I'm excited to be able to help Estacada continue as a great city and continue to work on the water issues, correcting the emergency plan and recovering from the fire," he said.
Hughes is an assistant coach on the Estacada Junior RIOT Team and volunteers as a health and fitness coach at Sandy Crossfit.
"I'm excited about working with local businesses in town and being a support system for them," she said, adding that she believes it's valuable that she'll bring an additional female perspective to the Council. "I'm also really excited to work with the emergency plan and make sure that our town can be better prepared."
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