Close Races In Hood River County

There is at least one race in Hood River County that could go to a recount, with a few others close enough to make it possible.  The closest is for position two on the Port of Hood River board, with John Everitt receiving 1,169 votes and Svea Truax 1,167, while Jeffrey Helfrich tallied 300.   Another close enough where it could be affected by ballots under review is for Hood River County School District Board position two, with challenger Benjamin Sheppard leading incumbent David Russo 322 to 316.   The Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District vote also had a narrow margin for the second available seat.  Anna Cavaleri has topped a crowded field of nine candidates with 1,212 votes, with Nan Noteboom holding the second spot at 923 and Nick Kraemer a dozen votes behind with 911.  Matt Rutledge was next with 621, Jim Klaas 523, Greg Davis 486, Steve King 262, Will Smith 215, and Steven Hawley 209.   There was a similar situation for a Hood River County Transportation District seat, where six candidates were trying for four seats.  Mark Reynolds topped the vote-getters in the race for four Hood River County Transportation District board positions with 2,099 votes, while Marbe Cook polled 1,684, Leanne Hogie 1,629, and Effie Mooney leading for the final seat with 1,001.  Jake Bolland tallied 993 and Otto Behrmann 924.   A familiar local governmental figure grabbed one of the open Port of Hood River Commission seats.  Former Hood River County Administrator David Meriwether took position three with 1,629 votes, while Kristi Chapman received 700, Laurie Balmuth 312, and Robert Bart 119.  Ben Sheppard took position one with 1,614 votes to Anna Williams with 808 and Brian Carlstrom with 605.   Two incumbents are retaining their Hood River County School Board seats.  Rich Truax was re-elected to the at-large seat by 1,738 to 910 margin over Brian Hardy, and Corinda Hankins-Elliott retains position three over Jo Smith 296 to 173.   Three were elected to the Hood River County Library District board, with Sara Marsden receiving 1,652 votes, Megan Janik 1,591, Karen Bureker 1,363, and Brian Hackett 1,236.   Dean Bump took position three on the Port of Cascade Locks Commission with 176 votes to 94 for Sally Drew, while Jess Groves won position five with 144 votes to 135 for David Lipps.   With two seats available on the Crystal Springs Water District board Eric Cedarstam tallied 428 votes and Antonio Baptista 395, with Bill Munk receiving 375.

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