The race between Heather Rookstool and Chris Labhart for the last John Day City Council seat continues.

Grant County Clerk Brenda Percy conducted a hand count on Nov. 16, and the result remained a tie.

Percy said John Day City Manager Nick Green is the election officer. Green said he contacted the city’s legal counsel to determine their procedures for breaking the tie by deciding “by lot” as Oregon statutes dictate.

Early next week, both candidates will be notified how the city plans to proceed, Green said.

“I expect we will make the call at the Dec. 8 city council meeting since it’s the only one we have next month,” Green said. “I just want to make sure we’re documenting our procedures appropriately so that it isn’t challenged, so I’m waiting to hear back from (legal counsel) on how to proceed.”


Rudy Diaz is a reporter for the Blue Mountain Eagle. Contact him at or 541-575-0710.

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