City & Government, Creswell

GENERAL ELECTION UPDATE – Council write-in candidate revealed

Official election results from the Nov. 6 general election were released on Nov. 26, and so was the name of the previously undisclosed write-in candidate champ for Creswell City Council.
There were three positions open for councilor, but only two people ran: Alonzo Costilla and Kevin Prociw. Both will be sworn into their position in January.
Joining them may be Misty Inman.
Inman, who currently serves as a Creswell city councilor, raked in the most votes for the write-in council candidate – 18 in total, according to results from the Oregon Secretary of State. Because she garnered the most votes, she will be elected into that third council spot, providing she agrees to sign on for another four years.
The Chronicle reached out to Inman for comment several times, but no communications were returned by press time.
There were a total of 199 votes cast for the write-in position. Fifteen were deemed miscellaneous – or the Mickey Mouses and Fred Flinstones of the bunch; five were filled out but did not list a name; and there were 123 total write-in candidates.
Gary Mounce, current councilor and 2018 candidate for the mayor position, brought in the second-highest number – six votes in total (if you presume Gary ‘Munce’ to be the same person). Current Mayor Dave Stram and Chronicle Columnist Richard Heyman both received four votes each, and Tim Bennion, Glenda Bohner and Omar Bowles received three votes each. The rest of the write-ins received one or two votes each.
If deemed qualified by the city recorder, write-in candidate Inman will fill out a form to accept, or not accept, the position. If she declines the position, the seat will remain vacant. The vacant position would then be filed by the city council using the process set out in the Creswell City Charter.
Official election results show that Mayor-Elect Richard Zettervall won by 26 more votes than reported in the unofficial results – 1325, or 67.50 percent of the vote. Gary Mounce brought in 11 more votes at 612 total, and there were 26 write-in candidates for the mayor position.
Council-elect Kevin Prociw brought in 1,241 votes, 16 less than unofficially reported, while Council-Elect Alonzo Costilla brought in 1,109, or 18 more votes than unofficially reported.
Total Ballots Cast came out to 18,0514 – 1,107 less than the reported unofficial results. Registered Voters talleted in at 26,1059 in Lane County – 474 less than the reported official results. Overall Turnout was 69.15 percent.



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