Mayors of Donald, Aurora unseated by city councilors
Thursday night results showed that Brad Oxenford, city councilor and mayoral candidate in Donald, has defeated incumbent Rick Olmstead.
Olmstead, who has only served one term as mayor of Donald, garnered 157 votes (42.9 percent), while his opponent brought in 172 (46.99 percent), only a 15-vote difference. But with fewer than 400 people submitting ballots, that's not enough to call it a close race.
Olmstead conceded on the "Friends of Donald, Oregon" Facebook group Thursday night.
"I have extended my congratulations to mayor-elect Brad Oxenford," Olmstead wrote. "I know that he will be a great mayor for Donald. I appreciate the high tone of the campaign."
He wrote he's also grateful for his time as mayor.
"It has been one of the highlights of my life," he said. "I want to thank the voters of Donald again, this time for allowing Chris and I (sic) to fully embrace retirement."
In a response, Oxenford wrote: "It was a very close race for sure and appreciate your kind words mayor. You have devoted many years to the city of Donald and we are grateful for your service."
In Aurora, Mayor Bill Graupp, who has been mayor since 2013, was replaced by a 2-to-1 margin by City Councilor Kris Taylor Sallee. Taylor Sallee's brother, Greg Taylor, was mayor before Graupp.
Taylor Sallee ran on a platform of increasing transparency and engagement between City Hall and the citizens, and improving police coverage in the town.
Taylor Sallee's seat on the City Council, Position 1, expires at the end of this year, and Tara Weidman defeated Tom Potter for that seat, 299 votes (48.78 percent) to 240 (39.15 percent). For council Position 2, incumbent Brian Asher defeated Jerry P. King 286 votes (46.66 percent) to 235 (38.34 percent).
Donald also had a city council race, but with three candidates running for three open, at-large seats: Gerry Waller, Katie M. Gonzalez and Troy Hellickson.