It appears Heather Coffel has defeated Dean Tucker 50 to 49.5 percent in the race for Douglas County assessor, but the race is very close. Just 127 votes separated the two candidates as of Wednesday morning's vote count.
Tucker is a longtime appraiser in the assessor's office, while Coffel has been an appraiser both for the county government and for the private Eugene firm Duncan & Brown Real Estate Analysts.
Coffel campaigned with a solid backing from local businesses, and said she wanted to spearhead changes, adapting to a decreasing budget and to changing needs of taxing districts and taxpayers.
Tucker ran a campaign mostly on his own dime. He said he wanted to restore a professional and friendly work environment and repair the department's damaged relationships with the county commissioners.