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Jai Raj Singh was 17 votes ahead of Tom Anderson, according to new election figures posted Thursday

COURTESY PHOTO - SINGHThe gap to determine who will be the second candidate to serve a full term on the Tigard City Council narrowed slightly on Thursday.

New figures from the Washington County Elections Division reported that Jai Raj Singh has moved ahead against Tom Anderson by 17 votes (23.48% to 23.42%). That contrasts to Tuesday night's initial election results where Anderson was ahead by 167 votes.

Those slim leads are expected to trigger a recount, Tigard officials have been told.

Jai Raj Singh is program director for Unite Oregon, an agency that promotes intercultural justice throughout Oregon.

"Part of what makes our democracy great is our commitment to count every vote and ensure the accuracy before we declare a winner," Singh said Friday morning. "I look forward to seeing where the final count ends up, and would be honored to serve if chosen by the voters."

Anderson is a former member of the Tigard City Council and owner of Tigard Real Estate.COURTESY PHOTO - ANDERSON

On Tuesday, Yi-Kang Hu was elected to a full four-year term on the council and Maureen Wolf was named the winner of a two-year position to replace Heidi Lueb who won the position of Tigard's new mayor.

Hu is president of the Tigard Planning Commission and a food and drug lawyer whose practice focuses on federal laws and regulations. Wolf was a longtime Tigard-Tualatin School Board member.

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