Tootie Smith has won the election for Clackamas County Board of Commissioners over incumbent Jim Bernard by more than five percentage points, according to unofficial May 19 results.
As updated results came in on May 20, Bernard had still not conceded the race, since he could still theoretically win, if about 66% of the remaining approximately 30,000 ballots remaining to be counted went for him.
Meanwhile, Smith is claiming victory. In thanking voters for putting their trust in her, Smith said that this election was about the people of Clackamas County.
"In the coming months and years, we will be confronted with very difficult challenges on the public health and economic front from COVID-19, and I am glad I passed the voters test to tackle those with them," she said. "Homelessness, transportation, and affordability are all things we must also come together to solve. I am looking forward to getting to work for the people of Clackamas County and standing up for our communities."
A hazelnut farmer from Mulino, Smith is a lifelong resident of Clackamas County. She entered public service in 2000, winning election to the Oregon House of Representatives where she served as a Republican until 2005.
In 2012 she was elected to the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners, but lost reelection in 2016 to Ken Humberston. She unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014, being defeated by incumbent Rep. Kurt Schrader.
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