Update: Ben West likely headed for victory in Clackamas County Board of Commissioners race
This story was updated from its original version
Wilsonville City Councilor Ben West appears to have defeated incumbent Sonya Fischer in the race for position 5 on the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners.
West had 50.41% of the vote, compared to Fischer's 49.37%, as of Monday, Nov. 14 and said that Fischer had called him Sunday conceding the race.
"I'm really excited by this new opportunity and new chapter voters have entrusted in me. I'm going to work hard to keep my campaign promises and focus on the needs of Clackamas County as we move forward," West said.
If the result holds, West said his priorities would be addressing public health issues, pushing back against tolling and reducing crime.
Fischer thanked her supporters in a Facebook post and noted accomplishments such as the addition of a new courthouse, the passage of a homeless services measure and building affordable housing.
"The past five years have been an incredible journey. Thank you to the people of Clackamas County, all of my supporters, and my family for a successful time in elected office," she wrote.
Fischer joined the board in 2017 and then was reelected in 2018, while West is a Wilsonville city councilor who was elected in 2018 and has run unsuccessful bids for U.S. Congress and Wilsonville mayor.
This is the first general election under Oregon's new ballot postmark law. Traditionally, ballots had to have been received by 8 p.m., Election Day in order to be counted, but this year, Oregon will count all ballots postmarked by 8 p.m., Election Day, so long as they are received within seven days of the election. Oregon's elections have largely been settled within hours of polls closing, but elections experts believe some tight races this year may take days to declare a winner.
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