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Stan Pulliam leads over eight-year mayor Bill King with 53 percent of vote as of 8 p.m.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Mayoral candidate Stan Pulliam hugs his wife in celebration of early results in his favor. Stan Pulliam, the challenger for mayor of Sandy, appeared headed toward victory with 1,527 votes (53 percent of the vote), ahead of incumbent Mayor Bill King with 1,308 votes.

Pulliam is a consultant for Portland-based insurance firm USI, working with local businesses on their insurance needs, and he also has a history as a campaign manager and chief of staff for legislators in Salem.

FILE PHOTO - Stan Pulliam.A Sandy native, Pulliam expressed hopes to "improve the level of communication from City Hall to the citizens, the small businesses and organizations in Sandy," and plans to operate with the utmost transparency.

"I'd like to thank all of our neighbors here in Sandy for your trust, my family, friends and volunteers for your support and Mayor Bill King for his dedicated service to Sandy these past eight years," Pulliam said. "Tomorrow our new journey truly begins. I've spoken a lot about a proactive, collaborative and community-focused effort to keep Sandy wonderful and I meant it. I look forward to several announcements over the months ahead as we start this new chapter in Sandy's great story."

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Bill KingIn the eight years King has served as mayor he hasn't faced a challenge. King has resided in Sandy since 1975 and owned a small business (Bill's Automotive) for the past 30 years. He has also served as a member of the Sandy Kiwanis Club since 1998, is a member of the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce and former chamber board member.

When asked for comment regarding early election results, he said "disappointing."

"It seems like people are falling for (Pulliam's) false promises to solve problems he will not have the power or ability to solve," King told The Post. King does not plan to run for office again in the future.

"This particular race has left a particularly bad taste in my mouth. It's extremely hard on my family, on my wife. The negative politics that were involved are something that don't belong in local politics. It seems to be the way of the world now. I'm done."

This story will be updated as results come in.

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