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After strong start for incumbent Ken Humberston, Mark Shull now leads by nearly 2%.

UPDATED 3:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6:

Mark Shull has taken the lead over incumbent Ken Humberston in the runoff race for Clackamas County board member position 4.

According to the latest returns released by the county at 2 p.m. Friday, Shull now holds 50.65% of the vote compared to Humberson's 48.91%. The margin between the two candidates is now 3,181, with 182,154 ballots counted for that race.

FILE PHOTO - Clackamas County Commissioner Ken HumberstonFILE PHOTO - Mark Shull

The county also announced Friday that the next batch of returns won't be available until Nov. 12 at 5 p.m.

"Ballots remaining to be counted are machine-rejected ballots that will be duplicated and those ballots with signature issues that voters can resolve between now and Nov 17th," the county's website read.

Humberston jumped out to an early 9% lead on election night that represented an approximately 10,000-vote gap. As the county elections division continues to process ballots from this historically high turnout, Shull's late surge could provide for a dramatic finish.

The county originally aimed to be done counting the remaining ballots by the end of the day Nov. 6, but County Clerk Sherry Hall told the board of county commissioners yesterday that her office was prepared to continue counting Saturday if they weren't finished by the end of the day today.

The runoff between the two candidates was forced when Humberston received 49.5% of the vote in the May 2020 primary election, just short of the 50% plus one vote margin to take the race outright over Mark Shull and Breaunna Sagdal. Shull was the second place finisher, leading to him challenging Humberston on the general election ballot.

Humberston, of Oregon City, was first elected to the board of county commissioner in 2016. He has been a vocal proponent of bringing new jobs to Clackamas County by supporting the local timber industry, as well as efforts to bring high-speed internet to all rural corners of the county.

The Marine Corps veteran and retired probation officer has an extensive background in public service including as a school board member and one-time mayor of the city of Dunsmuir, California.

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 Clackamas citizens.

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