Redmond Mayor George Endicott won a sixth two-year term, while a Redmond School District bond package came up short in the Nov. 6 election.
Endicott defeated Ed Fitch, who served as mayor from 1999-2001. As of Nov. 9, Endicott has 6,264 votes, or 56.6 percent, while Fitch has 4,759 votes, or 43 percent.
Endicott ran on his accomplishments, including downtown improvements and industrial expansion. Fitch wanted to see an accelerated timeline for a reroute of Highway 97 in the southern part of the city, an expansion of Central Oregon Community College’s Redmond Campus and some marijuana stores allowed in the city.
Endicott will be joined on the city council dais by his wife, former Sherwood Mayor Krisanna Clark-Endicott, as well as returning councilors Jon Bullock and Jay Patrick. The top three of the four candidates earn spots on the council. Bullock leads with 7,748 votes, followed by Patrick, with 7,526 votes, and Clark-Endicott, with 5,996 votes.
Josefina Nury Riggs is the odd candidate out in fourth place, with 4,554 votes.
Despite having no organized opposition, the “yes” side for the Redmond School District’s $69.8 million bond is narrowly trailing. “No” has 12,122 votes, or 50.9 percent, while “yes” has 11,712 votes, or 49.1 percent.
Though “yes” is slightly ahead in Deschutes County, the proposal sunk because more than two-thirds of the 1,853 voters in the small Jefferson County portion of the district opposed it.
The bond money would have replaced 53-year-old M.A. Lynch Elementary, which has closed for longer than other schools during snowfalls because of its sagging roof. Other campuses would see safety and security upgrades.
Another local contest for a five-year option levy for emergency services in Crooked River Ranch is passing with 1,548 of the 2,588 votes cast, or 59.8 percent.
Several Redmond-area residents ran for offices that cover more than just the city. Terrebonne Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner lost in her bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River.
District-wide, Walden has 203,565 votes or 56.5 percent, while McLeod-Skinner has 141,036 votes, or 39.1 percent.
Within the county, McLeod-Skinner has a slim lead over Walden.
Redmond will have a representative in Salem as Republican Jack Zika defeated Democrat Eileen Kiely. Zika has 20,263 votes, or 56.5 percent, to Kiely’s 15,548 votes, or 43.3 percent.
Democrat James Cook, who like Zika and Clark-Endicott is on the Redmond Planning Commission, narrowly lost to Republican Patti Adair for Deschutes County Commission position 3. After initial Nov. 6 results showed Adair ahead, Cook went up by three votes hours later. But Adair was back in front as of the most recent count. Adair has 45,064 votes, or 50.6 percent, to Cook’s 43,808 votes, or 49.2 percent, according to the state elections website.