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Candidates each have about 47% of the vote; Shiratori leads by just 21 votes overall.

This story has been updated.

In the latest round of ballot returns Wednesday, May 26, referred to as "unofficial results" by Clackamas County, Kelly Sloop has grabbed the lead over Seiji Shiratori in the race for position 5 on the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board.

With 12,625 ballots counted in Clackamas and Washington counties, Sloop leads with 5,962 votes compared to Shiratori's 5,946. The third candidate in the race, David D. Jones, garnered 694 votes. ShiratoriSloop

The official election results won't be released from Clackamas County until June 7.

"This is an excellent reminder that every vote counts," Shiratori told Pamplin Media Group Wednesday, before the updated counts showed that Sloop had taken the lead.

Sloop did not return a request for comment Wednesday, but posted an update on her campaign Facebook page Tuesday.

"There are still many challenged ballots not counted due to the signature not matching or not signing the outside envelope," Sloop wrote. "Every vote counts. If you received a letter, please sign and hand deliver to the elections office or you can email your signed letter back to the elections office.

"I am so appreciative of my faithful friends and supporters. Thank you for being an integral part of this grassroots campaign for the WLWV School Board!"

On Monday, May 24, Clackamas County Clerk Sherry Hall said the slow turnaround on a final vote count is due at least in part to the fact that a lot of races this election had write-in candidates. All write-ins have to be resolved with a human eye because the machines can't read them.

Hall said the last update won't come until next week when all signatures have been certified.

Shiratori, a Wilsonville resident and former diplomat, said if he wins he plans to prioritize safely returning to five full days of school, promoting diversity and making connections with community members who don't have children in the district.

Sloop, a longtime West Linn resident and pharmacist, is a former candidate for state representative in District 37 and focused her campaign on reopening schools for full-time, in-person learning.


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