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An automatic recount would be required if the race is within 0.2%. More ballots are set to be counted.

COURTESY PHOTO - Octavio GonzalezElections for Tigard and Tualatin city council seats remain too close to call with more votes to be counted, but two candidates who were trailing on Election Day last Tuesday, Nov. 8, have now taken clear — if small — leads.

Yi-Kang Hu was the top vote-getter in the race for two four-year terms on the Tigard City Council, winning nearly 39% of the vote in unofficial returns.

But Jai Raj Singh and Tom Anderson are locked in a tight race for that second full term. Singh leads with 23.6% of the vote to 23.2% for Anderson — a margin of 123 votes — according to the latest unofficial results as of Monday evening, Nov. 14.

With about 62.5% of the vote, former Tigard-Tualatin School District board member Maureen Wolf was handily elected in a separate three-way race to fill out the balance of Mayor-elect Heidi Lueb's council term. Lueb had to step down from her seat to run for mayor.

Neighboring Tualatin elects councilors by position. Councilors Bridget Brooks and Maria Reyes faced no opposition, but for Position 5, an open seat, Octavio Gonzalez has taken the lead over Kelly Horsford, who was ahead on Tuesday night.

Gonzalez took the lead at the end of last week as Clackamas County reported new results — Tualatin is divided between Washington and Clackamas counties, with the county line running down Southwest 65th Avenue — and widened that lead Monday evening as Washington County added to its vote tallies.

Gonzalez is taking 50.4% of the vote to 49.1% for Horsford. As of Monday evening, 108 votes separate the two candidates.

Frank Bubenik was reelected as Tualatin's mayor without opposition.

Oregon law states that if candidates are separated by one-fifth of a percentage point, an automatic recount is triggered.

Tigard officials said last week they expected a recount in the race between Singh, who is program director for Unite Oregon, and Anderson, a former Tigard city councilor and planning commissioner who owns Tigard Real Estate. However, as of Monday evening, the margin is outside automatic recount range.

"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, Nov. 11. "I look forward to seeing where the final count ends up and would be honored to serve if chosen by the voters."

Anderson was also keeping an eye on results Monday.

"If Mr. Singh is indeed the eventual winner, then of course, I wish him and the council well," Anderson said before Washington County updated its vote count.

It takes several days for Oregon counties to tabulate ballots, in large part because a sizable portion of the ballots they must count are sent in on Election Day.

Under a new law that took effect this year, ballots that are postmarked by 8 p.m. Election Day must be counted. Oregon previously required that all ballots be received by 8 p.m. Election Day.

Washington County is expected to report new vote totals Wednesday, Nov. 16.


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