Don Hokanson declares victory in race for Sandy City Council Position No. 6
Don Hokanson has claimed triumph in the race for Position No. 6 on the Sandy City Council.
"I am very pleased to see the results of tonight's election for all of the Sandy City Council positions. I would like to thank Linda Malone for her dedicated service to our city over so many years and look forward to collaborating with her in the future regardless of the final results," Hokanson said late on election night. "I would also like to thank my friends who shared campaign messages with the community. I think this election shows that our residents are very concerned with the future of our Sandy Aquatic Center and some of the recent decisions regarding new development. This is an opportunity to reevaluate and prioritize where and how we invest for our future as we unite together as a community."
The Clackamas County Elections Office is reporting that Hokanson has 1,337 votes or 40.97% of the vote; former Mayor Linda Malone has 1,238 votes, or 37.94%; and Vina Carpenter has 688 votes, or 21.08% of the vote.
According to the Secretary of State's Office, 80.28% of votes have been reported thus far.
Council Position No. 6 is currently held by Councilor Bethany Shultz, who opted not to run to retain her seat. While Shultz is vacating the seat, not all who ran were newcomers to council.
Malone has years of past experience in Sandy city government. She served in the past as mayor of Sandy from 1994-2010, as city councilor from 1991-1994 and on the Sandy Planning Commission from 1989-1990. She is retired from a career working for the U.S. Postal Service.
Hokanson is a business consultant and project manager with a bachelor's degree in mathematics. He and his family moved to Sandy 23 years ago, and, in the past, he has served on the SandyNet advisory committee and on the Oregon Trail School District Budget Committee.
Carpenter has a background in sales, working in the COSCO shipping lines. She also has a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from Marylhurst University.
"I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to run for City Council," Carpenter said. "It was a great experience and met a lot of great people during this journey. I encourage everyone to be involved with our community. We are all in this together. Let's continue to keep Sandy wonderful. Congrats to all the winning candidates."
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