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Corvallis School Board turns 1 of 4 seats

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Voting in Benton County on May 18, 2021.

Shauna Tominey is set to join Chair Sami Al-Abdrabbuah and incumbents Vince Adams and Luhui Whitebear on the Corvallis School Board this June, based on initial vote counts Tuesday night that showed them leading their races. Those leads grew overnight into Wednesday. 

Tominey, in a three-way race for the Position 5 spot, garnered 8,114 votes on the Benton County side, good for 61.52% of the vote in that part of the district, and 88 votes or 47.57% in Linn County. Ginger Schudel Larcom had 3,334 votes or 25.28% in Benton and 63 votes or 34.05% in Linn. Rachelle Spindler polled 1,717 votes or 13.02% in Benton and 34 votes or 18.38% in Linn. 

By Wednesday morning, Tominey's vote total had grown to 9,626. 

Tominey had initially applied to fill a vacant school board seat in 2020 but the board opted to appoint Whitebear after several hours of deliberation and interviews. 

Whitebear, who was appointed to the board in 2020, opted to run for the Position 4 seat, which would guarantee her a four-year term instead of two more years in her current Position 6 spot. As of 8 p.m. Monday, she was leading her opponent, Richard Arnold, with 9,420 votes, just over 70% of the vote in Benton County. In Linn County, Whitebear garnered 64.43%, or 125 votes, to 35.57%, or 69 votes, for Arnold. 

While vote totals were still listed as unofficial on Wednesday morning, Whitebear's lead had grown and she showed a vote total of 11,152.

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Fellow incumbent Adams, who switched seats with Whitebear and ran for her current seat, was showing 8,926 or 67% of the Benton County votes and 110 or 56.70% of the Linn County votes in the race. Opponent Tim Euhus had 4,323 votes or 32.56% in Benton and 84 votes or 43.30% in Linn.

Adams' total on Wednesday was 10,529 votes.

Al-Abdrabbuh was showing a lead over challenger Bryce Cleary with 9,351 votes or 68.38% of the Benton ballots and 49.52% of the vote in Linn County. Cleary came out ahead in Linn County as of 8:30 p.m. by two votes: 105 to 103, for 50.48%. 

"This landslide victory shows that the Corvallis schools' promise continues to be alive," Al-Abdrabbuh said Tuesday night. "It is the promise that every student will graduate and find opportunities to learn and grow. It is the promise to celebrate our students' identities. It is to be actively anti-racist and to intentionally allocate resources where needed." 

Al-Abdrabbuah's vote total on Wednesday was 11,071. 

CAITLYN M. MAY can be contacted at caitlyn.may@lee.net 

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