Two Gladstone commissioners recalled in election

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Two members of the Gladstone City Commission have been recalled in today’s city election.
Newcomers Joe Thompson and Steve Viau got the most votes in the recall election, with 655 and 600 respectively. Commissioners Hugo Mattonen and Joe Maki received 367 and 339 votes, respectively.
Delta County Clerk Nancy Kolich tells the Radio Results Network that Mattonen and Maki will no longer be commissioners, once the votes are certified by the county board of canvassers. She says that Thompson and Viau will be sworn in at the next Gladstone City Commission meeting.
A third man targeted for recall, Dave Nemecheck, did not have an opponent, and ended up retaining his seat with 690 votes. His term is up in November.
Commissioner Jay Bostwick will likely become Gladstone’s new mayor. He won the “advisory” vote with 337 votes. Traditionally, the Gladstone commission has followed the advisory vote and appointed the winner to the post of mayor.
Kolich says that voter turnout in Delta County was a little higher than she expected at between 24 and 25 percent. She says that Delta County voters rejected Proposal One by a more than four-to-one margin.

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