By Starla Pointer • Staff Writer • 

Incumbent, challenger leading in Yamhill City Council race

Tim Askey
Tim Askey
Marci Hedin
Marci Hedin

Updated 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.: New numbers don't change expected outcome.

 

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Incumbent Tim Askey and challenger Marci Hedin are leading in the race to fill two seats on the Yamhill City Council.

In the final unofficial report of votes from the Yamhill County Clerk's Office about 2 a.m., Askey has 281 votes, about 34% of those counted and Hedin had 285, or about 334.6% of votes counted. Erin Edelen Kutter, another challenger, had 242, or about 29.3%.

In addition to the seat Askey already holds, Yamhill Council has an opening for the position held by Jay Disbrow, who is retiring from the council.

Mayor Yvette Potter, running unopposed, was being handily re-elected with 400 votes.

Hedin and Kutter were running on the city ticket, chosen during Yamhill's caucus in July. Askey, who has served on the council for about 1 1/2 years, filed as an independent. 

Askey said he hoped to continue serving on the council because many important issues and projects are in the works. He's learned a lot already and feels he can help shape Yamhill's future.

"I like listening and understanding other people's points of view," he said.

Kutter and Hedin, who were nominated at the caucus, both are Yamhill natives and graduates of Yamhill Carlton High School.

Hedin studied at DeVry University online after her 2007 YC graduation. Kutter studied history and political science at Linfield University after finishing YC in 2003. 

Kutter, daughter of Jean Edelen, has one son. She owns a photography business and works with non-profits, particularly those that advocate for law enforcement officers.

Hedin also considers the Yamhill Fire Department like family, as well. Her father is Chief Brian Jensen; her mother, Esther Jensen, is active with the department, and she herself has been a volunteer since 2007.

She also works as medical records director at Forest Grove Rehab and Care Center. Hedin and her husband, Seth, have three children.

 

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