Cooper holds slight lead in Fairview Mayor's race
Fairview City Councilor Brian Cooper has a slight lead over incumbent Mayor Ted Tosterud in the 2018 General Election, but the race is too close to call.
In the latest results released by the Multnomah County Elections Office at 4:49 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, Cooper is leading with 1,520 votes to 1,494 for incumbent Mayor Ted Tosterud.
The contest is not yet settled because there are 39 Fairview ballots being returned to voters because of issues such as signatures not matching registration cards, said Eric Sample, program communications/web specialist with the Multnomah County Election office. Voters with returned ballots have until Nov. 26 to fix any problems.
According to Oregon elections law, an automatic recount will only be triggered when a trailing candidate's and front-runner's votes are within a margin of less than one-fifth of 1 percent. In the Fairview mayor's race, that is approximately six votes, and is a possibility with the returned ballots.
In the most recent results, Cooper has received 50 percent of the vote, while Tosterud has received 49.11 percent.
Cooper was appointed to Fairview City Council Position 6 in 2012, and he was elected to the seat in 2014. He will give up his council seat in January because he opted to run for mayor.
Cooper's priorities include improving public safety and maintaining fiscal responsibility in the city. Cooper grew up in East Multnomah County and is the owner of Cooper Tractor and Quality Diesel Parts.
Tosterud was appointed to a Fairview City Council position in January 2014, and elected mayor later that year.
Tosterud, who moved to Fairview 12 years ago, retired in December 2012 after working for 46 years with Quest Diagnostics Inc. as the company's director of operations.
In his current term as mayor, Tosterud has promoted environmentalism and attracted development to the city. He is spearheading an effort to ban single-use plastic bags in the city.