Updated 10 p.m. In the race for four positions on the Central Point School Board, three incumbents appeared to be holding on to their respective seats, while a challenger took the early lead against the longest-serving member of the board.
Tracy Jackson, who ran against incumbent June Brock along with a third candidate in 2009, was leading Brock by 151 votes, 1,262 to 1,111, according to results released at 9:21 p.m. Tuesday by Jackson County elections officials.
Jackson, a teacher by trade but currently a stay-at-home-parent, said she was excited to hear the results, hoping the numbers would “stick.”
Jackson and a third opponent, John Hilkey, challenged Brock in May 2009 with Jackson losing to Brock by 163 votes.
Jackson pointed out that “more people voted against (Brock) than for her in that election” with Jackson and Hilkey yielding a combined 1,584 votes to Brock’s 1,195.
In a second contested race, incumbent Ed Lindbloom was leading District 6 retiree Cathy Salmon by 285 votes, 1,333 to 1,048.
Incumbents Bret Moore and Jolee Wallace were easily winning against write-in candidates.
While Jackson appears to be the only non-incumbent to gain voter favor on Tuesday, she said she would push for improved communication and better schools. Jackson was one of four candidates supported by a group calling itself Central Point Educators and Parents.
In addition to Lindbloom and Jackson, write-in candidates Ryan Dale and Gordon Eckstrom were supported by the parent group, but they were being handily defeated by the incumbents.
9:30 p.m. Newcomer Tracy Jackson looks poised to defeat incumbent June Brock in the race for the Central Point School District's Position 1, Zone 1.
The first round of votes reported by the Jackson County Clerk's Office showed Jackson had received 1,090, or 53 percent of the total votes counted. Brock had received 957 votes, or 46.7 percent.
Brock has served on the board since 2001. Jackson is a substitute teacher in the Central Point School District.
Jackson was hopeful results would "stick" while Brock said she "will be very sad" if she loses her seat on the board.
Financial Ed Lindbloom, who was appointed last summer after the death of longtime board member Kerry Bradshaw, leads challenger Catherine Salmon in the race for Position 5. He has 1,133, or 55 percent, to her 921, or 45 percent.
In the Rogue Community College board Position 3 race, Brett Johnson had the lead over candidate Marcus Heritage after the first round of ballots had been counted Tuesday night.
The Jackson County Clerk's Office reported 1,450 votes for Johnson, or 60 percent of the vote counted, with 957, or 39.6 percent, for Heritage.
Johnson is a lieutenant with the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement Team.
In the race for RCC's board Position 7, Ron Fox, executive director of Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development Inc., leads with 1,828, or 57.5 percent of the votes, compared with 1,335 votes or 42 percent for Tim Alford, retired chief executive officer of Rogue Federal Credit Union.
Candidate Lori Goodman-Vogel had a comfortable edge over candidate Leon Callahan in the race to represent Southern Oregon Education Service District, Zone 8.
In early results, Goodman-Vogel had tallied 1,546 votes, or 60 percent of the total counted. Callahan had received 1,029, or 40 percent.