Donald, Ore – Every. Vote. Counts. The race for Mayor in the small town of Donald, Oregon is coming down to just four votes. The results will be certified by officials on Monday. This could be one of the tightest races of the entire 2020 election for an office at this level. Former Mayor Rick Olmsted is the current leader in the race. He lost his re-election in the 2018 election, against the current incumbent Mayor Brad Oxenford. Now he’s ahead of incumbent Mayor Oxenford by just four votes.
Donald only has 668 registered voters, meaning a difference of four votes is actually not enough to trigger an automatic recount under Oregon law. But elections officials in Marion county tell KXL’s Jacob Dean they have done a hand recount on this race and will certify results Monday.
On top of the fact that only four votes separate the two candidates, six people voted for write-in candidates, and eight ballots had bad signatures. Letters were sent out to the eight voters about their bad signatures, but they were not fixed by their deadline.
Former Mayor Olmsted tells KXL’s Jacob Dean – he loves the city of Donald and believes he can contribute to the town’s success. He says being the Mayor is not just a solitary effort. There is a six-person city council the Mayor is apart of. It’s seven citizens working together to try to make Donald a better place. The positions are volunteer positions.