County surveyor Scott Fein keeps job

He had 27,396 votes as of 11 p.m. Tuesday; Farber was second with 18,316

Jackson County surveyor Scott Fein will retain his post following Tuesday night's election results.

The latest round of ballots showed Fein with a comfortable lead over challengers Martin Stewart and Herb Farber. Fein had 27,396 votes as of 11 p.m. Farber followed with 18,316, while Stewart had 8,951.

"I'm very pleased with the results, and I hope that it keeps trending the way that it is," Fein, 32, said. "I think it's really encouraging to have the voters acknowledge my commitment to public service."

Fein, of Ashland, has 12 years of surveying experience, which includes time with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Farber, 60, and Stewart, 62, both have long histories of surveying in the Rogue Valley. Farber, of Central Point, has run his own surveying business for 25 years, while Stewart, of Ashland, has run his own for 22.

"I will continue to run my business. That's the direction I'm headed," Farber said.

He added he was disappointed, but that he wouldn't lose any sleep over the results. Stewart also was disappointed in the outcome.

"Obviously it would have been nice if we had done a little better," Stewart said. "We put a lot of effort into it, but the voters have spoken."

The Jackson County Surveyor's Office is responsible for documenting land surveys, overseeing and resolving property line disputes, and restoration of 20,000 corners in the county which show the location of all property lines.

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