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Tyler Miller to fill open seat on city council after tight race, certified election results show

COURTESY - Tyler MillerMore than two weeks after the election, results are now clear in the race for Scappoose City Council.

Current city councilors Megan Greisen and Peter McHugh will retain their seats on city council. Greisen and McHugh were clear winners on election night, but the race for third place had a slim margin.

Tyler Miller will join the council, beating out Marty Baldwin by just 12 votes.

"I'm really happy to see that the citizens of Scappoose trust me to represent them," Miller said.

Miller said the current City Council has done a good job and he's excited to join in.

Miller will take office in January, unless he is appointed to fill the vacant seat before then. He will be the only new face on the council when he takes office, filling the seat vacated earlier this fall by Patrick Kessi, who moved just outside city limits.

Since the election, Miller said he reminded those who congratulated him that it was too soon to know the results.

In Oregon, voters have until two weeks after the election to fix any issues with the signature on their ballots. In Columbia County, that can mean a few hundred more ballots are counted after election night.

Since election night, 224 more votes (or around 75 ballots, since each voter can pick three candidates) were counted in the Scappoose City Council race.

Certified election results were released Friday, Nov. 20. Oregon statute requires a recount when if the difference in votes is less than or equal to 0.2% of the total votes for the two candidates, which is seven in this case. Since Miller won by 12 votes, no recount is required.

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