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Lonergan will be Woodburn's next mayor; check out elections roundup from around the region

Frank Lonergan will be the next Woodburn mayor as 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.COURTESY PHOTO: LONERGAN CAMPAIGN - Frank Lonergan

Meanwhile, three incumbent Woodburn city councilors who were challenged kept their seats.

Election results posted Thursday, Nov. 10, showed Lonergan with more than 51.9% of the vote, followed by Rick Puente 33.5% and Dalia Levya Lopez with 14.6%. Thursday's numbers showed that 6,035 votes were counted in the mayoral race with Lonergan receiving 3,132. There were 679 uncounted ballots. Updated tallies were expected to be posted the following week.

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%) to current Mayor Eric Swenson's 3,197 (45.4%). Swenson defeated former Councilor Eric Morris in 2020 after reaping more than 69% of the vote. He decided not to seek another term earlier this year.

Lonergan said he considered himself an underdog going into the election, but he was pleased with the numbers and grateful for the support.

"I feel very fortunate to be elected and honored by the support from the citizens of Woodburn, and I will do a good job for them," he said. "I definitely plan to work with the council and do what needs to be done for Woodburn and work to improve the livability."

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

The Gervais crowd

Voting tallies for the Gervais municipal races going into Veterans Day weekend showed Mayor Annie Gilland holding onto her lead among the pack in a five-way race.COURTESY PHOTO - Gervais Mayor Annie Gilland

"Win or lose, I am so honored to have received all this support from my community," Gilland said. "Through all the hard times the people who go out and put my name down on the ballot always keep me going to continue serving the community."

Gilland had received roughly 40.3% of the counted ballots, outpacing second-place Brian Wagner who garnered just under 33% to this point. Jose Ruiz had about just under 19%, Tilda Flores 6.1% and Gricel Malstrom just under 2%.

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 anticipated 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% of the vote, followed by Michael Gregory with 29.8%, Melanie Blair with just under 20% and incumbent Diana Bartch had 17.6%.

Tight town contests

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%, followed by Ray Eder 22.6% and Tony Astorga with 15.1%. Joseph Pfau, Justin Roney and Mary R Franklin have 14.9, 12.8 and 10.9% 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%, Gerry Waller with 25.4%, Neil Strathdee 25.1% and Sheryl Glenn 22.4%.

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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