Mayor Tammy Stempel re-elected; Gladstone levies pass
According to Nov. 6 ballot returns, Mayor Tammy Stempel has won re-election among nine candidates running for four Gladstone City Council positions this election cycle.
Stempel's campaign to keep the mayoral seat pitted her against Tom Mersereau, an often opposing viewpoint on City Council, who only received 38 percent of the vote compared to Stempel's 62 percent.
Meanwhile, the city's attempt to renew police and fire levies was successful. Both measures passed with about 75 percent of the vote.
Here's a rundown of the other contested races in Gladstone:
Council Position No. 1
Gladstone voters' decision to recall two city councilors in May 2017 means there are two recently appointed members of the council who have to run for election in order to continue to serve.
One of those 2017 appointees, Michael Milch, lost his seat to former firefighter Randy Ripley by about 40 to 60 percent.
Council Position No. 3
Milch and retired school principal Frank Hernandez were selected by an interview committee to replace the two recalled city councilor. Rather than picking Hernandez, the City Council appointed Matt Tracy, Metro's principal planner for solid-waste transfer-station operations, so Hernandez filing for Tracy's seat gave voters a chance to weigh in.
Voters decided on Nov. 6 to keep Tracy, voting 43 percent for Hernandez and 57 percent for Tracy.
Tracy worked as a Vietnamese linguist for the U.S. Army for three years. He has managed a $1 million grant where he had to work with multiple waste-hauling businesses and is the president of the board of directors for the Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition.
Council Position No. 5
Gladstone Councilor Pat McMahon's decision not to run for re-election opened up a free-for-all with three candidates vying to fill his seat next year.
With 37 percent of the vote, Tracy Todd defeated opponents Mindy Garlington and Bill Osburn, who only received 29 and 34 percent respectively.
Todd has volunteered as the Gladstone Booster Club secretary for five years, on the Yes for Gladstone Kids political action committee in 2006, on the Gladstone School District Budget Committee 2007-08, and has been co-coordinator of the Gladstone Community Festival parade since 2013. As owner and operator of businesses in downtown Gladstone, she has been a licensed massage therapist since 1997 and runs family business Happy Rock Landscape Maintenance since 2003.