On the third ballot, Hood River City Councilors picked Tim Counihan from a field of seven candidates to fill a vacancy on that panel. A first round of voting, done by written ballot, narrowed the field to Counihan and Megan Saunders, and the second ballot left the pair tied at three. Mayor Paul Blackburn called for a third ballot after no one on the Council elected to speak following round two, and someone changed their vote to Counihan. Counihan, who had sought election to the Council in 2014, indicated his top three goals are to maintain progress in making the City fiscally sustainable, enact policies to make Hood River a safe family friendly place to live, and create an environment where locally owned businesses can thrive. Counihan fills the seat vacated by Laurent Picard’s resignation in May, and the term runs through the end of the year.