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Sutherlin mayor retains office; two councilors lose seats

SUTHERLIN — Mayor Denny Cameron won a second term Tuesday by defeating challenger Tom Boggs in a race that pitted a councilor versus the incumbent mayor.

Cameron received 54 percent of the vote, according to late Tuesday election results.

Meanwhile, six candidates vied for three positions on the City Council.

Todd McKnight locked up one position by being the leading vote-getter, with 1,716 votes. Karen Meier with 1,313 votes, and Councilor Forrest Stone with 1,209 were the other leading vote-getters.

Trailing and with probably too much ground to make up were Councilor Timothy Bradley (980 votes), Councilor Adam Sarnoski (855 votes) and Floyd Van Sickle (741 votes).

Cameron, 67, said Tuesday night that he has unfinished business that he can work on in a new term.

“I’m glad it’s over,” said Cameron, who unseated longtime mayor, Stan McKnight, in 2010. “I ran because I wanted the position, and I’m happy because I succeeded.”

Boggs, a former Sutherlin police chief, said Tuesday that he wanted to congratulate the mayor and hoped the race would introduce more cohesion into the City Council.

“Maybe this will draw some attention to the fact we need to be better as a team,” he said,

Boggs, who is midway through a four-year term on council, will retain his seat. He said he believes the council can work together, but there is hard work ahead. Boggs is a former police chief who ran on a record of knowing the way city officials operate.

Todd McKnight said Tuesday that he was overwhelmed by the election results. He said he appreciated the support from Sutherlin residents.

Meier was also very pleased by Tuesday’s results.

“I think there are three really strong council people elected,” she said. “We’ve got a good city manager and good City Council to make things happen.”

•You can reach reporter Ryan Imondi at 541-957-4211 or by email rimondi@nrtoday.com.

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