CANYONVILLE — Mayor Bob Deaton cruised to re-election Tuesday, winning 60 percent of the vote against challenger Dennis Douglas.
Deaton, elected to his third two-year term, confessed late Tuesday that he was a little nervous about the election. He said he didn’t try to whitewash the challenges, or expenses, the city faces.
“I didn’t tell people everything was going to be rosy if I got re-elected,” he said. “I never told anyone things were going to get cheaper.”
Contacted after initial returns showed him trailing, Douglas declined to concede or comment.
Four City Council candidates remained in contention for three seats, according to election results released late Tuesday.
Voters could cast ballots for three candidates in a five-way race.
The two incumbents in the field, Frank Braudt and Judy Coleman, appeared headed for re-election as the top-two vote-getters.
Braudt had 349 votes, while Coleman had 327 voters.
Former councilors Susan Moran-Kaidme and Marilyn Loomis were vying for the third position.
Loomis had a one-vote lead, 289 votes, to Moran-Kaidme’s 288 votes, as of late Tuesday. The Douglas County Clerk’s Office is scheduled to update election results Thursday.
Dana Ravera was fifth with 214 votes.
Deaton said he was aware during his campaign that not everybody was happy with City Hall.
“I was never overconfident,” he said. “It’s great to me the citizens were listening and didn’t vote on emotion.”
• City Editor Don Jenkins can be reached at 541-957-4201 or firstname.lastname@example.org.