Medford voters return 2 incumbents to School Board

Medford School Board incumbents Tricia Prendergast and Jeff Thomas are retaining their spots on the board, according to the most recent unofficial results available, released at midnight Tuesday.

Candidate Larry Nicholson also edged out incumbent Paulie Brading.

Prendergast received 2,332 votes, or 30 percent of ballots cast, giving her a slight edge over challenger Matt Gebhardt, who received 2,205. Candidates Curt Ankerberg and Cheryl Dykes received 1,796 and 1,391 votes, respectively, the results show.

Results show Thomas in a wide lead with 4,785 votes, or 66 percent of the ballots counted. McGowan received 2,491 votes, for 34 percent.

Nicholson received 3,417 votes, 45 percent of counted ballots. Brading received 2,841. Candidate Nikki Milam has 1,239.

The closest race this election was in Prospect, where Rocky VanWormer and Bruce Baker were separated by one vote in early returns for the School Board. By the end of the evening, they were still one vote apart — only the lead had switched to VanWormer's favor, with 101 votes to Baker's 100.

If the final tally shows a difference within one-fifth of 1 percent of the votes counted, an automatic recount will be triggered, County Clerk Chris Walker said.

In the Jackson County Fire District No. 5 race, Bob Miller and Sean Curry were still battling it out, having switched leads as well after early returns. By midnight they were separated by 16 votes, with Curry still in the lead at 856 to Miller's 840.

Jackson County elections officials will continue to tally up votes into next week to account for write-in candidates and ballots with signatures that don't match or other problems, Walker said.

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