Lebec County Water District Votes Are In–There’s a Tie

UPDATE-LEBEC (Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 at 3:30 a.m.)—Thomas C. Kermode won 70 votes (28 percent) to lead the field in the Lebec County Water District Board election November 8. He won a four-year term on the board of the troubled district which has made progress this year but still faces major challenges. William Hopper won 64 votes (25.6 percent). Millie Karr won 61 votes (24.4 percent). Both will also serve four years. Delbert Clowes won 49 votes for a two year term. There is a tie for the second two year term position. Incumbent Julie McWhorter and challenger Stephen Kiouses each received 38 votes (23.03 percent), so the final composition of the board is not yet known. UPDATE: The results of the election will not be certified by the Kern County Board of Elections until November 18. At that time, if there is no change in the vote tally, the district will decide how to resolve the tie. The new board members will take their seats at the December meeting.

LEBEC (Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 at 8:07 p.m.)—It looks as if it is possible that only 50 people or less voted in the election for a new five-person board of the Lebec County Water District (LCWD).

So far, the three 4-year term board members looks as if they might be Thomas Kermode (42 votes, 27.45 percent), William Hopper (42, 27.45 percent) and Millie Karr (35 votes, 22.8 percent). Jack Rider and Phil Aaland, both incumbents, appear to be losing their seats with about 11 percent each.

The two 2-year board seats apear to be going to Delbert Clowes (32 votes, 32.99 percent) and Steve Kiouses (21 votes, 21.65 percent). Julie McWhorter is a close third so far with 19 votes (19.59 percent). Craig Smith has 10 votes and Willard Martin has 7 votes so far. Darla Vanderlip, who said she has withdrawn from the race, has 8 votes.

This is part of the November 04, 2011 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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