Bozievich, Stewart win re-election; school bond passes
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EUGENE, Ore. - East and West Lane County voters retained their county commissioners by narrow margins, according to ballot returns completed Friday.
The result: Jay Bozievich and Faye Stewart win re-election, and schools in Pleasant Hill earn the right to borrow $18 million to build and repair facilities.
The leads flipped in both the Bozievich and school races as ballots trickled in.
On Election Night, challenger Dawn Lesley initially led Bozievich in early returns.
But Bozievich, seeking a second term on the Lane County Commission representing West Lane County, expected to pick up votes as more ballots were counted.
"It ain't over until it's over," Bozievich told supporters. "The race is too close to call at this point."
He was right: an updated count as of 12:30 a.m. Wednesday put the incumbent ahead of his challenger by 45 votes.
In ballot returns reported Friday, he held an 85 vote margin.
Stewart faced a different challenge: While he was the leading vote getter with 6,977 to second place finisher Kevin Matthews with 4,980, Stewart had to win by over 50 percent in a 5-way race. He appears to have cleared that margin by just 23 votes.
In early returns on Election Night, the Pleasant Hill school bond was passing by just 8 votes, then 4 before going behind by 4.
In the last set of results released just after midnight, the measure was passing by 19 votes.
In results released Friday, that winning margin shrank to 14 votes.
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