May 20 election results

The vote total reached 31.1 percent of registered voters in the May 20 special districts election, according to the Hood River County Elections Department.

Of the 10,425 ballots sent out, 2,493 were returned in time for tabulation.

Full results will run in the May 24 edition of the Hood River News.

In the five-way race for Crystal Springs Water District board, three candidates were selected:

George (Mick) Swyers earned 488 votes (18 percent) to Brian Gray's 472 (or 17.4 percent) and Gorham Blaine's 410 votes (15.2 percent). Hugh McMahan took 394 votes (14.5 percent) and James Jans had 236 (8.7 percent).

Cascade Locks voters chose Jean McLean and Timothy Lee for the two open positions on the Port of Cascade Locks commission.

McLean defeated Kevin Benson, 111-84, a 54 to 41 percent split. Lee defeated Jessie Groves, 151-42, a 74 to 20 percent margin.

The vote was close in two fire district board races in which four men vied for three positions:

In Odell Fire District: Kenneth Raasch had 265 votes (24.8) to Eric Cederstam's 227 (21.3 percent) and Steven Smith's 207, or 19.4 percent. Edged out was Rodney Hasty with 144 votes, or 13.5 percent.

In West Side Fire District: Mark Beam had 567 votes or 22.6 percent, Steve Benton had 529 votes or 21 percent, and Jeff Cooper had 486 votes or 19.4 percent. The fourth candidate was Brian Lay with 374 votes or 14.9 percent.

Running unopposed for Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Directors were incumbents Michael Schend, Christie Reed and David Fenwick.

Voters made it official in the Hood River County School District: Karen Ostrye of Hood River, Kathleen Malone of Cascade Locks and Ramona Ropek of Parkdale ran unopposed, and will join the board on July 1.

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