Douglas County commissioner candidate Tim Freeman is pulling off a difficult feat — winning a majority of votes in seven-way race.
Freeman tallied 9,543 votes, or 52.38 percent, in election results released shortly after 8 p.m.
If Freeman wins a majority, he won’t be forced into a November runoff with the second-place finisher.
If Freeman slips below 50 percent, retired Oregon state Trooper Monte Smith is the most likely challenger. He had received 3,367 votes, or 18.48 percent. Smith was the only other candidate with a double-digit percentage of the vote.
The other candidates in order of vote totals are Mick Fummerton (1,543, 8.47 percent); Mark Vincent (1,229, 6.75 percent); Dale Rogers (1,179, 6.47 percent); Monte Muirhead (839 votes, 4.6 percent) and Glen Nielsen (470 votes, 2.58 percent).
Freeman, a Roseburg Republican, represents District 2 in the state House. He passed on running for another two-year term in the Legislature to make a bid for county commissioner. The incumbent, Joe Laurance, did not seek re-election.
The Douglas County Clerk’s Office anticipates updating results at 10 p.m.