Incumbents Mark Hendershott and Kat Stone succeeded in their quest to win another term on the Douglas County Transportation District.

The Douglas County Clerk’s Office sent out unofficial final results at 10:40 p.m. Tuesday.

Stone had more than 5,200 votes in her favor for District 1, while her opponent, Jay Mitchell, had 4,700 votes to his name. In District 2, Hendershott had 52% of the vote, compared to Alyssa McConnel’s 47%.

Stone and Hendershott were incumbents on the independent government body tasked with determining how state and federal funding will be spent in Douglas County to provide public transit services.

The Douglas County Transportation District was started less than a year ago, but because of staggered terms, Stone, Hendershott and Jennifer Newell-Bragg were running for reelection. Newell-Bragg ran unopposed.

Statewide voter turnout was around 19%, and preliminary numbers showed Douglas County was around 18% in voter turnout.


Twila McDonald and Doris Lathrop were on their way to winning seats on the Umpqua Community College board of directors. McDonald gathered 56% of the vote in the three-person race for Zone 1. Lathrop earned more than 54% of the vote in Zone 2.

Current board member David Littlejohn recently moved, but ran unopposed for director of Zone 3. Erica Mills will take over the final two years of Littlejohn’s term in Zone 4 and Randy Richardson ran unopposed in Zone 6 to join the UCC board.

Roseburg Public Schools will likely see Charles Lee and Rebecca Larson return to the board. Joe Garcia, Micki Hall and Rodney Cotton ran unopposed and will continue to serve on the school board.

Lee held on to 50.4% of the vote in his race against John Parker, who had 48.9% of the vote. As of 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, Lee clung to a 62-vote margin.

Larson had more than 69% of the vote to lead her opponent, Bob Cormier.

Other contested races for school board throughout the area were won by Janice Austin in Glendale, Dan Forbess in Oakland, and Brian West in Winston-Dillard.

In Sutherlin’s school board election, results showed Nikki York with a small lead over Jacob Masterfield. York had 51% of the votes, Masterfield 48%, a difference of 27 votes.

Douglas Education Service District’s Meredith Bliss, Hank Perry and Chris Rusch all ran unopposed. Rusch and Perry are incumbents, while Bliss will take over for Ferne Healy.


Douglas County Fire District No. 2 had two contested positions. One of which went to Bob Sconce, who had a nearly 400-vote lead over his opponent, Paul Haddock.

The other position showed a small margin in favor of Ed Pratt over Bill Schmidt.

Todd Koens won his seat as director for Position 4.

David Cowan defeated Susanna Noordhoff in the contested Gardiner rural Fire District election. Duane Stewart and Ronald Gabel were elected to the other two open positions on the board.

Voters elected Joe Pospisil to serve on the board for Tri City Rural Fire District. Brian Kelly and Gerry Heilman ran unopposed and will serve on the board as well.


Janice Austin held a small lead for the director for Position 2 for Glendale Ambulance. She had 13 more votes than her opponent, John Wright, according to unofficial final results. Misty Morningstar and Charles Foster ran unopposed for other director positions for the ambulance company.


Larry Linton defeated Dennis Thoms by nearly 125 votes in the race for the director for Position 2 for Riddle Cemetery Maintenance. Patricia Zuleger ran unopposed for director for Position 3.


Tamara Szalewski will serve on the Lower Umpqua Hospital District board after defeating Jody Morrow with 66% of the vote.

Lee Bridge and Ronald Kreskey will also serve on the LUHD board after running unopposed.


The Lower Umpqua Library District will see Lee Bridge, Pina Summons and Deborah Yates on the board. Yates defeated Wyatt Cataneda in the special election Tuesday.

Sanitary Districts

Diana Phillips seemed to narrowly defeat Matthew Deister for the position on the Tri City Joint Water and Sanitary Authority. Phillips had 53% of the vote, compared to Deister’s 46%.

Carl White and Christopher Dewald will also serve on the board.

Sanne Godfrey can be reached at or 541-957-4203. Follow her on Twitter @sannegodfrey.

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Sanne Godfrey is the education reporter for The News-Review.

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