Voters in the Tigard Tualatin Aquatic District have chosen Tim Esau to join the district's board of directors, unofficial returns from the Tuesday election indicate.
As of Wednesday morning, results on the Oregon secretary of state's elections website and from Clackamas County show Esau leading Elaine Goldsmith, 59.6 percent to 39.9 percent, for Position 3 on the board. Esau and Goldsmith were the only candidates to file for the open seat, which is being vacated by Debbie Arizala.
Esau has been serving as a member of the aquatic district's budget committee since 2013. He also has volunteered on several city committees in Tigard.
Speaking to The Times on Tuesday evening, Esau noted his work with the district and his appreciation for its leadership.
"(I) really have enjoyed the people there," Esau said, adding, "I'm pleased to be able to continue working with them closer."
Esau works as a senior systems analyst at the Oregon Department of Transportation. Prior to that, he was employed by Intel Corp.
In the voters' pamphlet distributed to registered voters in Washington County, Esau described himself as a supporter of "limited government and sound fiscal policies."
He wrote, "My deep sense of community grows out of respect for our city and our state, believing every individual should take personal responsibility for his or her own life, serving for the good of society comes with such responsibility."
Goldsmith, also a Tigard resident, is a freelance writer with no prior governmental experience, according to her voters' pamphlet statement.
Incumbents Kathy Stallkamp and Jeff Miller were re-elected without opposition to the Tigard Tualatin Aquatic District board.
The board governs the aquatic district, which is coterminous with the Tigard-Tualatin School District and operates public swimming pools on the campuses of Tigard and Tualatin high schools.
In other local results, Gordy Winterrowd was re-elected as a commissioner for the Tigard Water District, turning back a challenge from notary public W. Jay Ready. Winterrowd holds 83.5 percent of the vote to 16 percent for Ready.
The Tigard Water District contracts with the City of Tigard, which draws its drinking water supply from the Clackamas River through a partnership with neighboring Lake Oswego, to provide water to residents of unincorporated Bull Mountain.
Election results remain unofficial until certified by the Oregon secretary of state.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect unofficial election results available as of Wednesday, May 17, and with quotes from the Tigard Tualatin Aquatic District director-elect.
By Mark Miller
Assistant Editor, The Times