Incumbent Walt Brookshire and political newcomer Leslie McMillan won the two contested races for positions on the Union City Council Tuesday.

Brookshire won the race for Position 6 and McMillan topped a three-person field in the Position 2 contest.

Brookshire beat challenger Brian McDowell 607 to 233, according to unofficial balloting results from the Union County Clerk’s Office. Brookshire has been on the council since March 2017 when he was appointed to fill a vacancy.

“Everything I do, I do with the community in mind. People appreciate that,” Brookshire said.

Brookshire is the longtime owner of Union Drug Company and Fountain, a business that has not been sold, contrary to a rumor circulating in the Union community.

Brookshire said he wants to continue helping Union attract new businesses.

“If we do not revitalize our business core, we will not have one,” the city councilor said.

Brookshire praised McDowell, a new face in Union’s political scene who has lived in the community 1-1/2 years.

“Brian will be a great asset, (and) we will be hearing from him in the next few years. People are excited to have him in the community,” Brookshire said.

McDowell works for Business Oregon, a state program designed to help businesses in Oregon and boost the infrastructure of cities. He said he is impressed with Brookshire’s commitment to Union and enjoyed running for public office.

“It was a great learning experience,” he said.

McMillan received 334 votes to beat incumbent Randy Knop and Hugh Johnson, according to unofficial results from the Union County Clerk’s Office. Knop received 275 votes and Johnson collected 217.

McMillan is the former owner of LG Brewskis, a Union pub she operated for almost nine years until April of this year. She opened the business in September 2009 after moving to Union from Yakima, Washington, in April 2008.

See more in Wednesday's edition of The Observer.

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