RVTD incumbent Rick Dyer gets easy win against Wooding

One Prospect School Board race is close; other school posts, fire district slot are decided

Rogue Valley Transportation District incumbent board member Rick Dyer handily kept his seat against longtime district budget committee member Mary Ruth Wooding in Tuesday's election.

Dyer, a contractor and California-licensed lawyer, garnered 6,166 votes, or 56.92 percent, over retiree Wooding's 4,626 votes, or 42.7 percent.

Dyer said he logged onto the county elections website while coaching his children's baseball team Tuesday night.

"No, I didn't take it (the race) for granted one bit," he said. "It's always an honor and very humbling to have the confidence of people to allow you to continue what you're doing."

Win or lose, Wooding said the district would have her commitment for budget help and anywhere else she could be of use. "I'm a creature of habit so I'll keep going," she said.

Incumbents Stan Littrell and Joel Marks did not garner any opponents for positions 4 and 6, respectively. No candidate filed for Position 5.

In other races:

  • Prospect School District: Rocky VanWormer and Bruce Baker were separated by one vote as of deadline Tuesday night in the race for Position 4. Baker had 97 votes, or 50.26 percent, to VanWormer's 96 votes, or 49.74 percent. Dale Bliss led the race for Position 3 with 144 votes, or 73.47 percent, to Lea Reynolds' 52 votes, or 26.53 percent.
  • Jackson County Fire District No. 3: Incumbent Colin Fagan was handily beating challenger Ralph Browning for Position 4, with 2,417 votes, or 63 percent. Browning drew 1,398 votes, or 36.44 percent.
  • Rogue Community College: Brett Johnson held a healthy lead over Marcus Heritage for Zone 3, with 1,711 votes, or 59.49 percent. Heritage garnered 1,152 votes, or 40.06 percent, in the 9:30 p.m. returns. In the race for Zone 7, Ron Fox was holding his own with 1,863 votes, or 57.5 percent, against Tim C. Alford's 1,361 votes, or 42 percent.
  • Southern Oregon Educational Service District: Lori Goodman-Vogel held a nearly 600-vote lead over Leon Callahan, with 1,828 votes, or 59.52 percent. Callahan drew 1,235 votes, or 40.21 percent.

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