Only one race for Position 3 provides stiff competition

Meet the new bosses, because they are the same as the old bosses.

Based on unofficial election results from the May 21 special election, the Tigard-Tualatin School District likely won't see any new faces on its School Board this fall, but that didn't mean election night was dull, with one race coming down to the wire as incumbent Dana Terhune battled three candidates to reclaim her seat.

Terhune, who was seeking her second term on the board after being elected in 2009, faced fierce competition for Position 3 on election night but was leading the race as of the latest numbers released by the Washington County Elections Division before the Regal Courier went to press.

Terhune was leading with 3,730 votes or about 38 percent of the vote, followed closely by Tigard resident John Goodhouse, with 3,552 votes or 36 percent, and David Matheson, with 2,291 votes, or about 23 percent. A fourth candidate, William Barber, appeared on the ballot but pulled out of the race in March. He claimed roughly 3 percent of the vote.

The morning after the election, Goodhouse said that he was not ready to admit defeat yet. "A lot of people conceded on Tuesday night, but part of me is holding out and waiting to see what happens," Goodhouse said.

Terhune said the close race symbolized the need of the board to do more to communicate what it is doing with the public.

During the campaign, Terhune suggested monthly meetings with parents and staff to get an update on what she and the rest of the board are working on.

But budget cuts will still be a reality in the district for the next few years, Terhune said, with an uncertain budget future on the horizon.

"We looked at what was so essential that we can't cut it, and we've moved past that now," she added. "Now we're cutting the essentials."

Terhune said the situation is like trying to cut off a finger. "Now we're asking, 'Maybe a pinky is not quite as important as an index finger?' I don't know about you, but I use all my fingers. I don't think people have an appreciation of where we truly are."

For Position 1, incumbent Barry Albertson, running for this fourth term, had a lead of 6,749 votes, or about 68 percent of the vote, over challenger Moses Bullock, with 3,064 votes, or about 31 percent.

For Position 3, incumbent Maureen Wolf, with 7,138 votes or about 75 percent, had a big lead over challenger Michael Bednarek, with 2,349 votes, or about 25 percent.

Election results aren't official until they are certified by the secretary of state's office in June.

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