Drew Herzig has unseated Peter Roscoe for Ward 2 of the Astoria City Council.

Herzig received 53 percent of the vote, earning 512 votes.

Incumbent Roscoe polled 438 votes, with 46 percent.

“It comes as a surprise,” Herzig said with a laugh when the second batch of election results at 10 p.m. were released. “I didn’t think I could go up against the ‘powers that be,’ but I did and it’s a great thing. We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us, but I’m relieved.”

Herzig made mention of the city council’s “lockstep” team approach to decision-making during the campaign. He also said as a councilor he would oppose the battle with the Clatsop County District Attorney over driving under the influence of intoxicants cases.

Wednesday, he said, “I think this result is less about me and more about the people of Astoria wanting change.”

Herzig had the lead in the initial ballot count at 8 p.m. He maintained that lead throughout the evening. As the county’s Democratic Party met at the Wet Dog Cafe, Herzig “stopped by” to visit with his supporters but returned home before the 10 p.m. results were in.

Roscoe held a dinner at his restaurant Fulio’s Pastaria, where Mayor Willis Van Dusen and City Councilman Russ Warr were present.

Roscoe has served the city of Astoria since 2005. Calls to Roscoe were not returned.

Warr, who ran unopposed, remains the councilman for Ward 4. He received 609 votes, 91 percent of the vote. There were 59 write-in votes cast.

“It’s not a great deal of satisfaction when you are only being opposed by a write-in,” Warr said Tuesday night, “but I am very, very happy to get another four years. So we’ll see how it goes from here.

“But we’re going to welcome Drew Herzig to the Astoria City Council and we’re going to do our best to work,” he said, before emphasizing, “as a team.”

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