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Early election returns in

(Updated, 9:27 p.m.) Incumbent Paulie Brading and newcomers Sally Killen and Jeff Thomas are leading in their races for seats on the Medford School Board tonight.

Retired educator Brading, appointed to Position 1 on the board last year, was leading Roger McPherson 3197 to 2,931 in returns released just after 8 p.m. Elections officials said they did not expect to have updated results until at least 10 p.m.

In the Medford School Board race for Position 4, Killen had 2,681 votes to 1,777 and 1,828, respectively, for opponents Curt Ankerberg and Eli Matthews. In a three-way contest for Position 2, Thomas, with 2,958 votes, was leading opponents Shawna Dye, with 2,652, and Paul Strehlow, with 547.

Phoenix, Central Point, Eagle Point, Prospect and Rogue River also had contested races for school board seats tonight.

In Central Point, developer Bret Moore appeared to be on his way to defeating four-decade school board member Dick Dunn. Incumbent June Brock, however, looked likely to maintain her position over opponents Tracy Jackson and John Hilkey. Del Rio Vineyard owner Jolee Wallace looked set to win a three-way race between newcomers.

One position on the Rogue Valley Transportation District board was contested. Rick Dyer, a Medford resident who owns Northwest Energy Solutions, led incumbent Sharon Ely in early returns. Susan Aufderheide of Ashland was trailing.

- Staff reports