Despite several contested elections only a fraction over 27 percent of eligible voters in Wasco County cast their ballots in special district elections May 16. And the voters who did turn out were in the mood for change. All four incumbent members of the Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Directors were defeated by challengers.
Position 1: Challenger Sarah Segal 36% , incumbent Carmello Gamez 30%, Challenger Monty Wilcox 32%.
Position 2: Challenger Dana Campbell 54%, incumbent James Willcox 45%.
Position 5: Challenger Kim Morgan 54% percent, incumbent Ernie Keller 45%.
Position 7: Challenger Kevin McCabe 52%, incumbent Charlene Cobb 47%.
Incumbents also lost on the Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue board.
Position 2: Challenger Kathy Schwartz 55, incumbent John Willer 44%.
Position 4: Challenger David Jacobs 44%, incumbent Crystal Dodge 27%, and challenger Cyndi Vipperman 26%
The Port of The Dalles board had an open seat in Position 1 open seat after Kristi Timmons did not seek re-election, and the result was the closest race of the night,with Robert Wallace edging Dawn Rasmussen by just 13 votes out of more than 2,600 cast in the race.
One incumbent did survive yesteday’s tidal wave of change. Annette Byers held her position on the Northern Wasco Parks and Rec board with 67% against challenger Daniel Polehn with 31%.
And in the race with the widest margin came in the contest for the open seat in Position 2 on the Mosier Fire District board. Todd Reeves drew more than 80% of the vote for Position 2 against Craig Dorsay.
The only money measure on the ballot, 55% of the voters turned down a request for a permanent tax base for NORCOR regional jail.