Counts are close for potential Hoodland Parks District board members
Election night is over but the task of tallying votes in Clackamas County is far from it. As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, there have been no updates to the Clackamas County election results.
Early results on Tuesday, May 17 showed, the effort to form the Hoodland Parks District has received 174 votes opposed to 81 votes in favor, but the committee members who've spent years campaigning for Measure 3-581 to be on the ballot say they aren't giving up hope yet.
Should the measure pass, a board for the parks district will be needed, and in anticipation of that need seven community members submitted their names to run for the five seats.
Of those seven, Becky Fortune, an instructional assistant at Welches Middle School, has the highest number of votes at 86 or 15.96% of the votes counted. Longtime parks enthusiast and business owner Robb Courtney of Welches has the second highest with 84 votes or 15.58%. Next is Hoodland Parks District founding committee member Regina Lythgoe with 80 votes, then nonprofit manager Brittany Kintigh with 69 votes and Brightwood parent and former business owner Heather Ostrander rounds out the top five with 59 votes. The two others in the running — licensed clinical social worker and co-owner of Cooper's Wine Bar Bri Dittlinger and Iwakt Community Garden president Dannelle Wolfe — are not far behind Ostrander with 56 votes each.
These results are more inconclusive than typical early counts because of an issue with ballots printed for Clackamas County. Over 50,000 ballots with barcode issues are being painstakingly copied by hand, which will delay final results potentially into June.
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