Chrissy Reitz easily secured her Position 1 seat on the Hood River County School Board, and Kristi Chapman will be the newest Port of Hood River Commission member.
On Measure 14-65, the five-year local option levy, the vote was 3,470 no to 3,280 yes, a 51.43 percent to 48.57 percent margin.
Measure 14-66, the food and beverage tax proposal, went down much harder, 4,035 no to 2,751 yes, or 59.45 to 40.55 percent.
Hood River County issued unofficial results Tuesday night; the final numbers are subject to certification in two weeks.
Turnout was 41.2 percent: 6,764 out of 14,656 voters cast their ballots. About 100 ballots remain uncounted because of questions of their authenticity, mainly due to invalid or inconsistent signatures.
In other Special Districts election highlights, voters affirmed two members of the Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District board and voted in a newcomer.
For Port of Hood River, Chapman defeated Michael B. Fox by a 2,528 to 1,773 margin, or 58 to 41 percent.
Parks board members Mike McCarthy, with 2,218 votes, and Glenna Mahurin, 2,036, finished first and third, and Suzanne Cross of Hood River joined the board with her 2,186 total.
The percentage spread was 18.4 percent for McCarthy, 18.1 for Cross and 16.9 percent for Mahurin.
Close behind was Jeff Hunter with 2,000 votes, or 16.6 percent.
Also eliminated was incumbent Art Carroll, fifth with 1,902 votes, at 15.9 percent, and Peter Cornelison, 1,526 votes, or 12.7 percent.
Reitz garnered 780 votes, or 70 percent, over Stephen Shwiff’s 163 (14.7 percent) and Loran Ayles’ 159, 14.3 percent.
Reitz, Chapman comment
Reitz said Wednesday, “I’m excited to serve another four years, with some of the best educators and staff, and great community support.
“I think people really did their homework, and realize that it is good to have stability, and people who have history, on the board, given the turnover in the past four years,” Reitz said, “and that it is important to have someone who can provide leadership who has a view in the rear-view mirror.”
“I’m really excited for the opporutunity to be a steward fo the port,” Chapman said. “Mike Fox was an excellent candidate as well, and I feel honored that the voters think I’m the right person for the job.
“The first thing I need to do is learn from the staff and the current commissioners,” Chapman said.
“I’ve met with all the staff and they’re going to help guide me as I get my feet wet here. My first thing is going to be to listen and learn and absorb as much information as possible. There are a lot of moving parts. I’m really excited to work with the staff, because they’re great.”
In the three Port of Cascade Locks races, voters retained all three incumbents: John Stipan, 202-77, over Aushwol Westley, Brad Lorang over Hallie Ballou, 186-110, and Dean Bump over David Lipps, 178-123.
In two other contested races:
Position 3 on Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Directors: Robin Feuerbacher defeated Tim Arbogast, 1,760 to 1,432, or 55 to 44 percent.
Wy’East Rural Fire District Board: In a five-person race, Chad Muenzer and Larry Packer advanced, with 428 votes (29 percent) and 371 (25 percent), respectively.
Eliminated were Jeremy Cervantes (292, 19.7); Dave Wood with 259 (17.5 percent); and Lyle Henage 123 (8 percent).