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As of 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, Mayor Stan Pulliam has 51.35% of the votes counted.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Mayor Stan Pulliam has claimed seat for another term. As of 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, Mayor Stan Pulliam remains in the lead in the race for Sandy mayor with 51.35% of the vote against Sandy City Councilor Kathleen Walker, who is close behind with 48.34% of the vote.

"We are encouraged by the early returns and with everyone else are anxiously awaiting the update coming at 6 p.m.," Pulliam said earlier in the day Wednesday. "That said, our neighbors in Sandy have clearly sent a message that they want to continue to support our police, plan for our community's critical infrastructure and protect our local small businesses."

That said, Walker is not yet admitting defeat.

"It is certainly a very close race," Walker said. "Given that we have no way of knowing what percent of the votes have yet to be counted, I am not ready to concede yet. I will wait to get some clarity on what the status of the vote count is. I thank everyone for their patience and support."

Incumbent and Sandy native Pulliam is a consultant for Portland-based business insurance firm USI. He was first sworn in in 2019. Prior to becoming mayor, Pulliam had a history in government as a campaign manager and chief of staff for legislators in Salem, as well as an unsuccessful run for appointment to House District 52 in 2017.

In the last few years, Pulliam has prided himself on his advocacy for Main Street businesses, including by spearheading the "Open Oregon" movement in January 2021 and by supporting an outdoor covered structures grant program for Sandy businesses. The "Open Oregon" movement encouraged businesses to reopen New Year's Day, under lesser COVID-19 restrictions than what were mandated at the time.PMG FILE PHOTO - Councilor Kathleen Walker will continue to serve on the council.

Walker has been politically active in Sandy for 25 years, and has served on the council since 2021, after unseating former councilor Jan Lee in the 2020 election cycle.

Walker has served on the Sandy Design Committee, the Sandy Budget Committee and the Sandy Parks and Trails Board, of which she was a member for more than 20 years.

Before joining the council, she 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.

Besides serving in council position No. 4, Walker is a consultant in trail design, planning and grant writing. She is retired from a career in the U.S. Forest Service and has a bachelor's degree in forest management.

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