Candidates supported by controversial flier lead in Eagle Point

The trio of Eagle Point School District board candidates who were named in a controversial flier circulated around town are on their way to winning their contentious races that included accusations of conflicts of interest and election fraud.

Eagle Point schools Superintendent Cynda Rickert said the incoming board represents a fresh beginning for the district after an era of poisonous school board relations.

"These folks ran on a ticket of doing what is best for students," Rickert said. "They want to go forward to make decisions that are good for kids and not based on personal agendas."

Twelve-year board veteran Scott Grissom was set to maintain his Position 2 seat after holding a late lead on challengers Ralph Meeker and Ron Campbell.

Grissom carried nearly 47 percent of the vote late Tuesday, with Meeker second with 42 percent. Grissom held 1,489 votes to Meeker's 1,331, a difference of 158 votes. Campbell was a distant third with 343 votes, or about 10.8 percent of the ballots counted as of 9:30 p.m.

The Position 3 race went to Dan Hodges, who carried a sizable lead over opponent Mark Bateman late in the evening. Hodges held nearly 58 percent of the vote, with a count of 1,821 ballots in his favor. Bateman carried 42 percent of the ballot, with 1,327 votes.

The Position 5 race saw Dianne Mihocko hold a large lead late into the evening. She carried 53 percent of the vote, with opponents Brian Saling and Curt Sather lagging well behind.

Mihocko's vote count stood at 1,678, with Saling coming in at 1,288, or 40.8 percent, and Sather at 186, or 5.9 percent.

The projected winners were endorsed by a flier mailed by a group describing itself as concerned Eagle Point parents.

— Chris Conrad

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