Hermiston city councilor Lori Davis will keep her seat for another four years, beating challenger Mark Gomolski with 57.1 percent of the vote as of 8 p.m.
Davis has served on the Hermiston City Council since 2010. She was appointed to fill a vacant seat, and then elected a few months later.
A three-way split between Davis, Gomolski and Jackie Linton during the May primaries forced a runoff between Davis and Gomolski. At the time, Gomolski got 36.3 percent of the vote and Davis pulled in 32.6 percent.
Davis said she grateful for the community’s support to win the race. She alluded to a larger movement of women candidates winning positions around the country.
“The future is female,” she said.
Before election results came in she send an email to East Oregonian saying she truly cares about Hermiston and feels fortunate to be a part of its city government.
“I will continue to listen and serve all citizens in this great city,” she said.
When reached about 8:30 p.m., Gomolski said there were still more votes to be counted, and while the obvious hope is always to win an election, he hoped no matter what the outcome that he had inspired more people to get involved in their city government.
Gomolski also served on the school board for Hermiston School District, which holds its meetings the same time as the Hermiston City Council. He said regardless of the outcome of the race, he would continue to encourage the organizations to find a way to meet at different times so that residents could attend both. It would also be beneficial for the two governing bodies, he said, as they continue to partner on projects such as using the aquatic center to host free swimming lessons for students.
“If we’re going to be doing partnerships like that, I think we should be attending each other’s meetings,” he said.