A week after Election Day, Myrtle Creek has its mayor.
Because no one filed for mayor of Myrtle Creek this election, the decision came down to counting write-in votes.
With 41 votes, Matthew Hald will become mayor of Myrtle Creek, according to unofficial final results from Douglas County Clerk Patricia Hitt. Diana Larson and Dan Jacoy each received 18 votes. There were 255 total write-in votes for mayor.
Hald had no idea he had won until he was contacted by The News-Review.
“That’s awesome,” Hald said when he heard the news. He said he will accept the position if the results stand.
Hald and his wife moved to Myrtle Creek from the Salem area in July 2017. He owns Superior Northwest Home Inspections in Myrtle Creek.
Hald was not planning to run for office this election season. But several of his neighbors, including City Councilor Henry Stevens, told him that no one filed for mayor. He was surprised that Mayor Ken Brouillard hadn’t filed to run again.
Hald’s neighbors asked if he would be interested in the position if they could rally enough write-in votes. Hald was interested, and two weeks before the election he made a Facebook post announcing that he was running a write-in campaign. He said he also started telling people around town.
“There are a lot of good things that Myrtle Creek has going for it,” Hald said. “There are a lot of people who keep this town going and I just want to be a part of it and continue to grow what Mayor Ken Brouillard has started with the council and the chamber of commerce.”
Hald said he hasn’t come up with an agenda for the city yet.
“I just want to do what’s best and do what’s best for the city,” he said.
This story originally published at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 13, 2018.