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Kight's re-election hopes 'Daoust'

After scoring a landslide win — 70.06 percent of the vote — City Council President Doug Daoust is set to replace Jim Kight as the next mayor of Troutdale.by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: JIM CLARK - Doug Doust and his wife Marianne  listen as Troutdale council member Eric Anderson gives them the initial voting numbers on Tuesday evening, showing Doust with a 70 to 30 percent lead in the election for mayor of Troutdale.

“There’s a high level of excitement and happiness not only among the council members, but with city staff and citizens,” Daoust said. “I’ve heard nothing but elation in emails, calls and text messages since Tuesday.

“It wasn’t just me who won,” Daoust said before a gathering of family members, city councilors and supporters Tuesday. “It was the entire council that won.”

Tuesday wrapped up a contentious mayoral race following controversy over a building Kight constructed on his property and the strained working relationship between Kight and the City Council.

Still, Kight looked back on his time as mayor with pride and said he did not for a minute hold regrets about the accessory structure on his property that led to months of contention.

“During my term of office, we’ve had unparalleled success,” Kight said. “I look back, and we’ve accomplished quite a bit in four very short years.”

Looking ahead, Daoust says he’s focused on being a team player and believes elected officials in East County can count on him to work with everybody constructively.

“The council can definitely plan on that for any decisions — that we’ll work as a team,” Daoust said. “We’re looking forward to a much better situation in Troutdale.”

Daoust’s thoughts were echoed by City Councilor Eric Anderson, who was re-elected to Position 2 in an uncontested race.

“We can expect a commitment to cooperation with the council, staff and most importantly the residents,” Anderson said. “We can expect results. We can expect Troutdale will be a friendly place to live, work, do business and raise a family. We can gain serious traction on the urban renewal site and Doug has all the skills in the world to get the Marino Block developed — a project 10 years in the making.”

I’m thrilled,” Anderson said. “The citizens have spoken and spoken loudly, and they’re not going to tolerate misconduct in the mayor’s office.”

Daoust said the council is preparing to address key issues, including permitting issues within the city, development of what’s been called the south side of downtown and the urban renewal area within Eastwind Development.

Daoust, an assistant director of state and private forestry for the U.S. Forest Service, has been on City Council for 16 years, serving on the Budget Committee, Centennial Celebration Committee, Troutdale Parks Advisory Committee, Planning Commission and Economic Development Subcommittee.

Daoust developed the Troutdale Business Incentive program, supported and implemented the lifeguard program on the Sandy River at Glenn Otto Community Park, supported the enterprise zone to bring FedEx into Troutdale’s industrial area and led the effort with a team of councilors that resulted in an agreement between Metro and Troutdale on Title 13, watershed and fish habitat protection issues.

“I’m ready to get to work, and the council is ready, too,” Daoust said. “We’ve started to put a short list of things together to work on come January. The entire council is feeling really pumped right now — we’re thrilled.”

Wilson ekes ahead in Position 6 race

In a neck-in-neck race for Position 6 on Troutdale City Council, John L. Wilson took a slight lead in Thursday’s returns with 40.27 percent —1,834 votes — with Zach Hudson at 39.99 percent of the vote — 1,821 votes.

A third candidate, Tom Slyter, had 18.40 percent of votes, or 838 votes. Sixty-one votes, or 1.34 percent, went to write-in candidates.

A representative from Multnomah County Elections said that if the final margin of victory is within .2 percent, an automatic recount will be taken.

Hudson said he would not a request a recount unless it was automatic.

Wilson said he was waiting for final results.

“It’s not over yet, but it’s been a lot of work and I appreciate Zach and Tom as running mates,” Wilson said of his opponents. “I’m looking forward to winning if it holds and want to thank everyone who helped me.”

Glenn T. White and Eric Anderson were running unopposed for positions 4 and 2.



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