Bubenik ahead in race to become Tualatin mayor
Frank Bubenik was edging out Paul Morrison to become Tualatin's newest mayor in early returns posted by the Washington County Elections Division.
Bubenik, the owner of a small information technology firm, was ahead with 55.90 percent of the vote compared to Morrison, who had collected 43.46 percent, according to 10 p.m. election results.
Although he said he was initially nervous about the results, by 9 p.m. he wasw less so.
"You never know," he said about the election results, "but I worked hard, I did lots of community events, I went door to door...."
The race is the first time since 1995 that has not involved Mayor Lou Ogden, who is leaving the seat due to term limits.
"I'm feeling pretty good and looking forward to four years of residents first," said Bubenik.
Among some of the issues addressed during the election were those involving traffic woes, preparing for the light rail's Southwest Corridor route terminus near Bridgeport Village and managing the growth expected to occur in the Basalt Creek area.
Meanwhile, current Tualatin City Councilor Nancy Grimes was handily beating her challenger, Chris Burchill, collecting 72.98 percent to 26.65 percent according to the 10 p.m. results.
Also on the council after running uncontested will be Bridget Brooks and Maria Reyes.