Gilland continues to lead crowded Gervais mayoral race
Voting tallies for the Gervais municipal races going into Veterans Day weekend show Mayor Annie Gilland holding onto her lead in a five-way race.
Gilland has received roughly 40.3 percent of the counted ballots, outpacing second-place Brian Wagner who garnered just under 33 percent to this point. Jose Ruiz had about just under 19 percent percent, Tilda Flores 6.1 percent and Gricel Malstrom just under 2 percent.
Going into the weekend there were 152 votes cast for Gilland, 124 for Wagner, while Ruiz, Flores and Malstrom had 71, 23 and 7 votes respectively. Marion County Election Clerk's office anticipates updated counts to be posted Monday.
In 2020 Gilland won the mayoral seat with 290 votes to Robert Ladd's 259 and Flores' 202.
In a vote-for-two, musical-chairs council race of four candidates, incumbent John Harvey leads with 32.6 percent of the vote, followed by Michael Gregory with 29.8 percent, Melanie Blair with just under 20 percent and incumbent Diana Bartch had 17.6 percent.
Mount Angel City Council race is proving to be a tight contest with all six candidates on a vote-for-three slate showing in double-figure percentages, led by Matthew Donohue with 23.6 percent, followed by Ray Eder 22.6 percent and Tony Astorga with 15.1 percent. Joseph Pfau, Justin Roney and Mary R Franklin have 14.9, 12.8 and 10.9 percent respectively.
It's even closer in Donald where a city council race with four candidates running for three seats shows Jan Olsen with 27.1 percent, Gerry Waller with 25.4 percent, Neil Strathdee 25.1 percent and Sheryl Glenn 22.4 percent.
In other mayoral and council races in the area, including races in Aurora, Hubbard and St. Paul, candidates ran unopposed. The mayoral winners are Charles Rostocil, Hubbard; Rick Olmsted, Donald; Brian Asher, Aurora; Pete Wall, Mount Angel; Marty Waldo, St. Paul.
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