Duncan Nyang'oro topped longtime incumbent Sherwood School Board Chair Patrick Allen in early results posted by the Washington County Elections Office on Tuesday evening, May 18.
Nyang'oro had 53.8% percent of the vote compared to Allen with 45.9%, initial elections results showed after 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Allen — who also serves as the director of the Oregon Health Authority — has spent a year in the headlines as the agency has redrawn the rules of public life during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nyang'oro, a former auditor with three kids in the Sherwood school system, said his campaign was motivated by the slow return to offline schooling across Oregon, calling his oppenent the hand-picked head of "the government agency responsible for one of the slowest returns to full-time in-person education in the country."
"Like thousands of other Sherwood parents, our family has suffered while our kids were shut out of school. I know it's more important than ever for parents to be heard by our school officials," Nyang'oro wrote on his website. "Allen refused to follow recommendations outlined by the CDC and WHO that explain it is safe and necessary to send kids back to school. When they refused to listen to science, they chose politics over our kids."
Nyang'oro and Allen did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
-Reporter Zane Sparling contributed to this article.
At the same time, Krista Thorne is leading the race for the Position 2 seat, collecting 46.4% of the vote against incumbent challenger Eric Campbell (41.7%) and Janice Hayes (11.8%).
In the race for Position 3, Abby Hawkins is ahead with 52.5% of the vote. Her opponents, James Grothe and Vince Habeck, collected 30.2% and 17% respectively.
Reached Tuesday night, Hawkins said she was pleased with the results.
"I'm looking forward to the opportunity to serve Sherwood and I hope that we can find a good direction moving forward," she said. "It's been very contentious in our community and that's not an exciting thing to see."
Numbers for Clackamas County, which includes a small number of voters in the district, were not immediately available.
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