Official Lane County May 18 Special Election results released


Official results of the Lane County’s May 18, 2021, Special Election were released on June 7.

The county’s website reported about a 25 percent voter turnout rate this season.

Candidates of uncontested seats predictably won out against write-ins and, though some contested positions seemed neck-and-neck when unofficial results were released on May 20, little changed with the release of the final tally.

The South Lane School District (SLSD) Board race, for instance, in which all three seats were contested, reported as few as 42 votes between the incumbent Sherry Duerst-Higgins and challenger Melanie Stuhlmiller in the unofficial results. That gap closed by only 2 votes.

All SLSD incumbents won against their challengers with Colleen Valley beating Erik Benson by 98 votes and Taylor Wilhour ahead of Pam Duffy by 214 votes.

Meanwhile, the Lane Community College Board saw a three-way contest for the Zone 1 seat between Thomas Jennings, Mark Boren and newly appointed incumbent Holli Johnson, with Johnson pulling a decisive win with about 68 percent of the vote.

Her election makes Johnson the first Black woman ever elected to LCC’s board.

For Zone 5, Steve Mital took about 64 percent of the vote against Al King.

Meanwhile, voters also overwhelmingly endorsed the passing of Measure 20-319, which supports 4-H and Oregon State University Extension programs in Lane County.

The measure will continue and expand services by implementing a local option tax of 2.8 cents per $1,000 of assessed land value for five years. For example, a property assessed at $200,000 would be charged $5.60 per year.

The official Lane County voting totals were as follows:

South Lane School District Board

Position 2

Taylor Wilhour – 1,289

Pam Duffy – 1,075

Write-in – 21

Total 2,385

Position 4

Sherry Duerst-Higgins – 1,314

Melanie Stuhlmiller – 1,274

Write-in – 28

Total: 2,616

Position 5

Colleen Valley – 1,206

Erik Benson – 1,108

Write-in – 23

Total: 2,337

Lane Community College Board

Zone 1

Mark Boren – 7,111

Thomas Jennings – 6,971

Holli Johnson – 30,476

Write-in – 386

Total: 44,944

Zone 3

Mike Eyster – 31,182

Write-in – 691

Total: 31,873

Zone 4 

Austin Folnagy – 29,981

Write-in – 640

Total: 30,621

Zone 5

Steve Mital – 26,065

Al King – 14,374

Write-in – 484

Total: 40,923

Lane Education Service District

Director Position 1, Zone 1

Sydney Shenk Kissinger – 5,689

Write-in – 135

Total: 5,824

Director Position 3, Zone 3

Vanessa Truett – 5,034

Write-in – 118

Total: 5,152

Director Position 6 At-Large

Rose I Wilde – 30,982

Rich Cunningham – 13,205

Write-in – 389

Total: 44,576

Creswell School District Board

Position 4

Mike Anderson – 691

Write-in – 18

Total: 709

Director Position 5

Tim Rogers – 718

Write-in – 20

Total: 738

Director Position 6

Lacey Risdal – 696

Write-in – 15

Total: 711

South Lane County Fire & Rescue Board

Position 1

Debby Stumph – 2,033

Write-in – 62

Total: 2,095

Position 3

Dan Duffy – 2,001

Write-in – 99

Total: 2,100

Position 4

Chris Holloman – 2,110

Write-in – 71

Total: 2,181

Position 5

Thomas Munroe – 2,088

Write-in – 68

Total: 2,156

Measure 20-319

Lane County Extension Service

Yes – 43,420

No – 23,093

Total: 66,513

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