Incumbents prevailed in three of the seven contested races for positions on Union County fire, cemetery and health district boards in Tuesday’s election.
Incumbent winners included David Gover III who defeated Skye Farnam, 250-87, in a race for Position 1 on the Imbler Rural Fire Protection District Board. Gover was elected to a four-year term.
In the La Grande Rural Fire Protection District Board election, Devin Cornford defeated Tom Blackman, 386-273, in the race for Position 4. Incumbent Randy Chandler did not file for re-election. Cornford, elected to a four-year term, is new to the La Grande Rural Fire Protection District Board but not the local firefighting scene. He has served as a firefighter for the La Grande Fire Department for 25 years.
Incumbent Dale De Long won the race for Position 5 on the La Grande Rural Fire Protection District Board, defeating Lenny Weber, 348-295. De Long, elected to a two-year unexpired term, has served on the fire board for nine months. The former mayor of Island City said he is looking forward to “helping maintain the excellent fire department that we have.”
De Long’s name was on the election ballot twice. He was also running to retain his position on the Island City Cemetery District Board. De Long, who is completing his fourth year on the cemetery board, was defeated by J. Kay Dick, 284-215.
Dick, who has lived in Union County since 1965 and in Island City since 2000, was elected to a four-year term. She said during her campaign that she wanted to have the Island City Cemetery’s records moved from its building at the cemetery to Island City’s city hall to make it easier for the public to access them.
Alan Keffer will be another new face on the Island City Cemetery District Board. Keffer won a three-way race for a seat that has two positions.
“I want to keep the people of Island City involved and informed (about the cemetery),” said Keffer, who received 320 votes and was elected to a two-year unexpired term.
A retired businessman, Keffer has lived in Island City since 2001. Prior to moving to Island City he served on the La Grande Cemetery District Board for 10 years.
Incumbent Paul Willmarth retained his position by placing second to Keffer with 187 votes. Willmarth, elected to a two-year unexpired term, has served on the cemetery district board since Nov. 2, 2016, when he was appointed to fill a vacancy. He finished ahead of Melissa Bonanno, also an incumbent, who received 149 votes. Bonanno has served on the board for almost three years.
In the Elgin Health District Board election, Everett Grandeen defeated incumbent Melissa Coe, 360-114, in a race for Position 1.
“I want to pay back all of the things my town has given me over the years,” Grandeen said.
Grandeen, elected to a four-year term, has lived in Elgin for 50 years.
“I’m so proud of this little town. We have come so far,” Grandeen said.