Early election returns show tight races for Medford and Eagle Point school boards.
Tricia Prendergast and Matt Gebhardt are in a dead heat with 1,959 and 1,915 votes respectively. They each have roughly 29 percent of the votes counted so far in a four-candidate race for Medford School Board Position 3. Curt Ankerberg has 1,479 votes, or 22.5 percent, and Cheryl Dykes has 1,203 votes, or 18.32 percent.
Larry Nicholson has a slight edge over incumbent Paulie Brading in his bid to return to the board. He has 2,919 votes, or 45.65 percent of the ballots counted so far, to her 2,385 votes, representing 37.3 percent. Nikki Millam has 1,073 votes, or 16.78 percent.
In the Eagle Point School Board race, Scott Grissom has a small lead with 1,489, or 47 percent of the votes, compared with 1,331, or 42 percent, for Ralph Meeker and just 343, or 10.8 percent for Ron Campbell.
In other Eagle Point races, Dan Hodges leads with 1,821 votes, or 57.75 percent, compared with Mark Bateman's 1,327 votes, or 42 percent of the votes cast so far for Position 3. For Position 5, Dianne Mihocko has netted 1,678, or 53.2 percent, to Brian Saling's 1,288, or 40.8 percent, and Curt Sather's 186, or just 5.9 percent.
Prospect also has a too-close to call race between Bruce Baker, who has 97 votes, or 50.3 percent, and Rocky VanWormer with 96 votes, or 49.7percent.
Jackson County Elections officials said 17,923 ballots were cast for a voter turnout of just 15.13 percent.
More ballots are coming in from drop boxes in Ashland, Eagle Point, Central Point and Rogue River.