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Latest returns from the Marion County Elections Clerk's office indicate minor changes

Frank Lonergan will be the next Woodburn mayor as election results from the Marion County Elections Clerk's office going into Veterans Day weekend showed him maintaining a commanding lead in a three-way race.

Meanwhile, three incumbent Woodburn city councilors also kept their seats.

Election results posted Thursday showed Lonergan more than 51.9 percent of the vote, followed by Rick Puente 33.5 percent and Dalia Levya Lopez with 14.6 percent. Thursday's numbers showed that 6,035 votes were counted in the mayoral race with Lonergan receiving 3,132. There were 679 undervotes. Updated tallies are expected to be posted Monday.

County records show that in 2020 there were 8,052 votes cast in the mayoral race, and in 2018 there were 6,035 cast.

Lonergan, who has served a number of years on the Woodburn City Council as well as various other municipal boards and commissions, lost a bid for mayor in 2018 with 2,838 (40.3 percent) to current Mayor Eric Swenson's 3,197 (45.4 percent). Swenson defeated former Councilor Eric Morris in 2020 after reaping more than 69 percent of the vote. He decided not to seek another term earlier this year.

In the races for the city council wards, incumbent Robert Carney had a 60.7 percent to 39.3 percent lead over challenger Azanet Hayden; incumbent Sharon Schaub held a similar lead over challenger Noemi Legaspi, 68.9 percent to 38.1 percent; incumbent Mary Beth Cornwell held a 52.3 percent to 47.7 percent advantage over challenger Juan Bravo. All three incumbents ran unopposed in 2018.

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