Skarlatos trailing Kress in crowded race for Douglas County Commissioner

Douglas County Courthouse in Roseburg, Oregon. (SBG photo)

ROSEBURG, Ore. - In a crowded race for Douglas County Commissioner, the owner of an outdoors store leads an Oregon National Guard troop who starred as himself in the Clint Eastwood film "The 15:17 to Paris" about a thwarted 2015 terrorist attack.

Tom Kress, owner of Waldron's Outdoor Sports in Roseburg, held a narrow lead over Alek Skarlatos.

In the unofficial final results, Kress had just shy of 38 percent of the vote to Skarlatos with just over 35 percent. Six other candidates round out the field.

"It feels really good," Kress said. "I really want to reach out and bridge the gap and bring all sides together for the good of the county."

Skarlatos had just come back from a deployment to Afghanistan and was on a trip in Europe with two friends when they disarmed a gunman on a train bound for France in 2015.

He later appeared as a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars."

Eastwood tapped Skarlatos to play himself in the film dramatization of the thwarted train attack.

"I'm just grateful for all the support we've had," he said Tuesday as results came in.

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