La Grande City Councilor Justin Rock will retain his position on the council after Tuesday night’s race kept him about 10 percent ahead of his challenger, Ashley O’Toole.

Rock received 54 percent of the vote in La Grande, with 2,323 to O’Toole’s 45 percent and 1,946 votes, according to the unofficial results.

Rock said he is grateful that voters wanted to keep him in the position.

“I want to thank everyone who voted and supported me,” he told The Observer. “I will continue to do the very best I can for them.”

Rock will be entering into his second term on the La Grande City Council.

O’Toole said the campaign has been a great life experience and learning experience.

“Justin has been a solid city council member thus far and I’m sure he will continue to do that in his second term,” he said, adding he wishes the councilor the best.

When asked whether he would run for council again, he said he had a year and a half to think about it.

Rock’s experience in city governance spans more than a decade. He said his extensive experience — including more than nine years on the La Grande Planning Commission, five years on the budget committee and nine years on the Mt. Emily Recreation Advisory Committee — has helped him serve confidently on the city council.

“I have always strived to make conservative decisions when it comes to the budget and any fiscal decisions,” he said in a previous article. “I make decisions based on the laws, rules and procedures set forth by Statute, the City Charter, Bylaws, Ordinances, and Resolutions and not based on my personal feelings or preconceived bias. I take all different perspectives into consideration before making decisions. I really try to listen to the overall voice of the people.”

See more in Wednesday's edition of The Observer.

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