The official, final results are in from the May 21 election, and one race that was too close to call is finally decided. The difference between winner John Chapman and Katharine Parker for Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District Director, Position 4, came down to eight votes.
The results were certified June 6 by Clatsop County Clerk Tracie Krevanko.
Chapman received 332 votes, or 25.8% of the total. Parker received 324 votes; Marti Wajc followed with 317 and Shirley Yates received 304 votes. Less than 2 percentage points separated all four candidates.
To trigger a recount the results need to be within one-fifth of one percent of total votes cast for the office. The difference between Chapman and Parker is just shy of that.
One-hundred seventy-five voters did not select a candidate in this race, and were recorded as under votes.
In the Position 5 rec district board race, Lindsey Morrison received 496 votes, to win with 41.75% of the vote. Patrick Duhachek and Rodney Roberts followed.
Veronica Russell, Jeremy Mills and Michael Hinton fill the other three board seats. Each of their terms expire in 2021.
The rec district board will meet on Tuesday at 5:15 p.m., at the Bob Chisholm Community Center.
The last day of service for the outgoing directors will be the last day of June.
New board members will be sworn in at the July board meeting, at which time the board will select a board president and officers.