Fink, Richie, McGlaughlin, Keating lead in RVTD race
Two incumbents lost their seats on the Rogue Valley Transportation District board Tuesday night.
Thomas Fink, 68, a retired transportation training adviser and past member of the RVTD Budget Committee, unseated incumbent Donald Stone for Position 1. Fink garnered 10,708 votes to Stone's 2,548, or 71 to 17 percent, respectively. Newcomer James Stephens had 11.5 percent, or 1,735 votes. Stephens had bowed out of the race but missed a deadline for withdrawing his name from the ballot.
Natalie Richie, 52, a private business owner, unseated 13-year incumbent Stan Littrell, 68, by more than 1,400 votes. Richie boasted 54.4 percent, or 8,513 votes, to Littrell's 45.2 percent, or 7,098 votes.
Littrell, an advocate for disabled and elderly passengers, has served on the board since 2004 and admitted some surprise at the ballot results.
"Everyone was very supportive of me so I was really touched by that. I always have said I feel that if I win, I win, and if I lose, I still win because I've had a good ride. I told people at the district that even if the unthinkable were to happen, I planned to still be involved in the various committees whether I serve as an elected board member or not."
In the race Position 5 between Josephine County Deputy District Attorney Sarah McGlaughlin and business owner Shandra Husted, McGlaughlin took a commanding lead, with 10,768 votes, or 65.7 percent, to Husted's 5,553 votes, or 33.9 percent.
"I'm completely surprised," McGlaughlin said. "I am absolutely in awe of the numbers and feeling grateful right now. I've never done this before, so I had no idea how this would work, but I can't wait to jump in and put all my goals to work."
All three of the candidates in the race for Position 7 commanded more than a quarter of ballots counted. Medford teacher Kevin Keating led with 44.9 percent, or 7,345 votes.
Keating said he was excited to start serving in his new role.
"I'm looking forward to it," he said. "It's been exciting to talk to people and, tonight, to check out the results.
"I did some email campaigning and went on the radio, but I didn't spend a lot to campaign. I walked around and passed out fliers. No signage and not a lot of money was spent. I was running on frugality, so it made sense that my campaign didn't cost too much, either. Now I'm just really looking forward to getting to work."
Damian Bugg, a development specialist for WorkSource Rogue Valley, had 27.1 percent, or 4,432 votes, while Jim Herndon had 27.6 percent, or 4,513 votes.