Early results show Keith Mays leading Sean Garland by six percentage points.

Keith Mays is the apparent winner of the Sherwood May 13 special mayoral election. Mays currently has 52.61 percent of the vote, leading opponent Sean Garland, who has 46.54 percent, according to the Washington County elections website.

"The first results look good," Mays said tonight. "A six point difference, it's unlikely to change.

Mays was speaking to the Gazette by phone from Old Town Sherwood bar Clancy's, where he said the mood was "very positive, very upbeat, looking forward to the rest of the year."

Mays previously served four terms as Sherwood's mayor, from 2005 to 2013. He told the Gazette in February that he was running again to help restore Sherwood's local government, after a controversy over whether or not to renew the city's partnership with the YMCA last year resulted in two council members being recalled and former Mayor Krisanna Clark-Endicott's resignation.

"It's been frustrating what to see what was going on: self-inflicted wounds, and folks just not looking out for Sherwood first," he said.

Garland joined the Sherwood City Council last year, and was unanimously elected Council President by his fellow council members. He was also spurred to run after last year's political chaos.

"I've been part of that process of healing that divide, that schism that we had," he said. "And the citizens have reached out to me through that process, and asked me to run for mayor."

Garland will continue to serve his role on the City Council.

"The City Council's been doing a wonderful job over the last few months … I hope to continue that, and make sure we're on good terms with all of our community partners as well," Mays said tonight.

In addition to the mayoral race, City Council members Tim Rosener and Russell Griffin kept their seats tonight. Both men were running unopposed to retain seats they had taken after last year's recall election.

Mays will face another election this November, as the current mayoral term expires at the end of the year. He ended the call with a message for all Sherwood residents.

"I'm very thankful and appreciative of the support that everyone's shown to me and our community," he said. "I look forward to working with them to make Sherwood the community that they love."

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