SHADY COVE — Voters faced decisions Tuesday on a new mayor, two council positions and a pair of ballot measures involving marijuana and sewer service.
With Mayor Tom Sanderson not seeking re-election, Councilor Linda Kristich campaigned against Planning Commission and Budget Committee member Lena Richardson for the council’s lead seat.
In results released at 10:17 p.m., Richardson was leading Kristich 62 percent to 37 percent, with a margin of nearly 300 votes.
Richardson credited her success to her positive campaign and refusal to deal with what she called negative politics for her success; she was leading 778 votes to 476.
Kristich did not respond to interview requests by the Mail Tribune.
Richardson, a retired English teacher and small-business owner, said, “... the results give me a lot of reassurance that a positive campaign, knocking on doors and talking to people still works — because that’s exactly what I did.”
“When I knocked on all those doors, I was given a lot of great ideas for what we can do as a city when I do become mayor,” she said. “I really feel like people felt comfortable coming up and talking to me as a candidate.”
Richardson called the appointment “a big honor and a big responsibility.”
In City Council races, incumbents Shari Tarvin and Dick McGregor were being reaffirmed by voters with 26 percent for Tarvin and 33 percent for McGregor in a field of five candidates.
Newcomers Craig Portwood and April Maxwell hovered at around 20 percent each.
A measure that would have lifted a ban on sales of recreational marijuana appeared to be going down to defeat.
Voters banned the sale of recreational marijuana in November 2016 by a two-vote margin; 794 to 792. On Tuesday, late results showed voters going against recreational sales with 742 to 651.
A measure to contract the city’s sewer services won voter approval by a more than 300 votes. Some 829 voters, 62 percent, favored the contract compared to 504, 38 percent, opposed.
Newcomers Craig Portwood and April Maxwell hovered at around 20 percent each of total votes cast.
Two ballot measures received varying results.
A measure that would have lifted a ban on sales of recreation marijuana appeared to be rejected.
Voters put a ban on the sale of recreational marijuana in November 2016 with a two-vote margin; 794 in favor and 792 opposed. On Tuesday, 10:17 p.m. results showed voters more decidedly against recreational sales with 651 in favor of lifting the ban and 742 opposed.
A measure to contract the city’s sewer services won voter approval by a more than 300-vote margin. Some 829 voters (62 percent) favored the contract compared to 504 (38 percent) opposed.