Kathleen Walker declares win in race for Sandy City Council Position No. 4
Kathleen Walker has declared victory in the race for Position No. 4 on the Sandy City Council, according to results of the 2020 election as of 11:33 a.m. Nov. 4.
"I am happy to join Richard Sheldon and Don Hokanson as fellow new Sandy city councilors," Walker said. "I want to thank the Sandy voters for keeping PAC money and partisan politics out of local government. I look forward to working with the entire city council on finding solutions to some of the challenges that the city faces."
Councilor Lee declined to comment on the result of the election at this time.
Clackamas County Elections is reporting that Walker has 1,776 votes, or 55.1%, while incumbent Councilor Jan Lee has 977 votes, or 30.31%, of the vote, and Butcher-Duell has 470 votes or 14.58% of the vote.
Council Position No. 4 is the only contested race with an incumbent on the ballot this November.
Councilor Jan Lee was appointed in May 2018 to replace former councilor Don Hollis, who resigned midterm. She was seeking to retain the seat to finish work she'd started on ongoing projects.
"I've become engrained in a lot of projects that are ongoing and I want to see them completed," Lee said. "I don't think people understand that we do a lot of work behind the scenes besides going to two meetings a month."
Lee is also a former House 51 representative and a self-employed consultant in water and energy resource services.
Kathleen Walker is a consultant in trail design, planning and grant writing and retired from the U.S. Forest Service. She has a bachelor's degree in forest management. Walker has served on the Sandy Design Committee, the Sandy Budget Committee and still serves on the Sandy Parks and Trails Board (1995-present). In the past, she has acted as a volunteer project manager, partnering to do work like the creation of the Tickle Creek Trail, build trails in Sandy River Park and help acquire the recent grant-funded upgrades to Jonsrud Viewpoint.
Butcher-Duell is a physical education teacher who works for a private school in Portland. While she has no previous governmental experience, Butcher-Duell said she felt an obligation to contribute to the community in which she's raising her children. She has lived in Sandy for three years, moving from Portland where she was raised.
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