Umatilla County vote has Murdock in lead for commissioner

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PENDLETON — Unofficial results today showed Pendleton resident George Murdock winning the race for the Umatilla County Commissioner Position 1 seat.

Murdock was leading with 2,547 votes, or about 30 percent of the total, according to the county Elections Department. Athena resident Jerry Baker was in second with 2,174 votes, or about 26 percent.

Trailing in third place was Echo resident Jack Esp with 1,190 votes, or 14 percent.

The remaining two candidates were Thomas Ballor of Pendleton with 521 votes, or about 6 percent, and Michael Cannon of Hermiston with 265 votes, or about 3 percent.

In other local races, four unopposed candidates were elected to positions on the Athena-Weston School Board. The totals were Position 1, Robert Irvine, 387 votes; Position 2, Preston Winn, 435 votes; Position 5 Duane Smalley, 386 votes and Position 6, Trenda Nichols, 409 votes. No candidate filed for the Position 7 board seat.

Three seats on the Blue Mountain Community College were also decided. Unofficial results showed Edwin Taber winning the Zone 3 seat with 576 votes, or about 72 percent, against challenger Janine Acsal, who had 226 votes, or about 28 percent.

The remaining two candidates ran unopposed. They were Kim Puzey, Zone 4, who had 1,186 votes and Anthony Turner, Zone 6, who had 1,279 votes.

In the Milton-Freewater Water Control District, two unopposed candidates were elected to the board. Brad Humbert was elected to the Position 4 seat with 732 votes and Vernon Rodighiero was elected to the Position 5 seat with 734 votes.

Two other unopposed candidates were winning election to the Milton-Freewater Ambulance Service District. William Howard III received 547 votes for election to the Position 4 seat and Bill Burwell had received 909 ballots for election to the Position 5 seat.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318.

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