After a mandatory manual recount conducted Monday by the Clark County Elections Department, the results of the Nov. 8 Washougal City Council Position 2 election remain unchanged from the official certified election results.
According to Clark County Elections Supervisor Tim Likness, in the race for Position No. 2, newcomer Caryn Plinksi beat out incumbent Rod Morris by eight votes — 1,491 to 1,499.
Likness said the results will be certified today at 1 p.m. by the canvassing board.
Monday night Morris, who has served on the City Council for a total of 16 years, said he was surprised by the outcome, but accepted the results saying: “The wait is finally over.”
“It looks like people wanted a change,” he said. “I wish all of them well. I am proud to have served Washougal.”
Morris said he plans to send out e-mails today thanking his supporters, and expects to remain involved in the Washougal community.
“Thank you to those who voted for me.”
Plinski, who holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Washington State University, grew up in Vancouver and has lived in Washougal since 2005. She is a former veterinary pharmaceutical sales associate who is now a stay-at-home mom and Mary Kay cosmetics saleswoman.
Plinski did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment from the Post-Record Monday night.
During a pre-election interview with the Post-Record, Plinski said she decided to run for Washougal City Council to bring a new perspective to the group.
“I am doing this because I think I am a good person, an honest person, and I think I can make good decisions for our city.”
Challengers beat out the incumbents in two other Washougal City Council races, the results of which were certified Nov. 29.
Joyce Lindsay won against Michael Delavar for Position No. 4 and Connie Jo Freeman unseated Molly Coston for Position No. 7. Jennifer McDaniel was the only incumbent to win her seat in the General Election.
Washougal City Administrator David Scott said all of the recently elected Washougal City Council members will be sworn in during the Tuesday, Jan. 3 meeting, which begins at 6 p.m.