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Brouse leads City Council race by 11 votes

Tight race gets even tighter after updated numbers released


BrouseRenee Brouse has maintained her lead in the race for Sherwood City Council, but it's close.

Three days after voters cast their ballots in the Tuesday, May 19, special election, results show a hotly contested race between Brouse and challenger Alan Pearson.

Updated results released on Friday show that Brouse was leading the race by only 11 votes — Pearson with 988 and Brouse with 999.

Early polls on election night showed Pearson leading by 17 votes, but those numbers had reversed the following morning, with Brouse taking the lead by 15 votes.

“I felt excited and appreciative,” Brouse told The Sherwood Gazette on Wednesday, May 20, adding that she and her supporters remained hopeful and optimistic.

Updated numbers are not expected again until Wednesday, May 27.

All through Tuesday night’s election, Pearson held the lead, initially pulling ahead by 29 votes, then seeing that margin narrow to only 17 votes by the end of the night.

PearsonPearson told the Gazette on Wednesday that he was still hopeful about the election and will await final results, adding that — should he lose — his only regret would be that he wouldn’t be able to serve Sherwood residents.

“(Sherwood) is still the best place I have ever lived,” he pointed out.

Brouse is executive director of the Sherwood YMCA. The facility made headlines last year after a Lake Oswego accounting firm claimed that the nearly 20-year-old contract between the YMCA and the city was poorly written, leading to differing opinions about how the facility should be maintained.

Former Mayor Bill Middleton and current Mayor Krissanna Clark have called for the contract to be renegotiated.

Pearson is a retired associate professor of political science. The three-way race also included Ivonne Gebhardt, a senior designer in mechanical engineering, who had collected 198 votes as of Friday’s update.

Sherwood’s race is the latest in several recent elections to fill the City Council. The city held a special election in March to fill an empty city council seat; that race was won by Dan King.

It also held city council elections last November.

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