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Two incumbents, one newcomer lead MWA races
Update: Richard Hall, Carl Coleman and Douglas Shumway all held onto their leads from last night to win seats on the Mojave Water Agency board of directors, according to unofficial final results. All three saw a slight decrease in their leads from preliminary results released last night. Hall finished with a lead of 6.44 percentage points, Coleman with a lead of 7.02 percentage points, and Shumway with a lead of 40.31 percent.
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Richard Hall, Carl Coleman and Douglas Shumway are likely winners in a race for Mojave Water Agency board of directors, according to preliminary results released at 10 p.m. Tuesday night.
The MWA has seven districts, three of which had opens seats in this election. Two seats are likely to be filled by incumbents.
Hall, an incumbent and an Army medical corps veteran, was leading the District 3 race by 8.44 percentage points, according to preliminary results. Hall has served on the board for District 3, which encompasses southwest Victor Valley, since 2000.
In District 7, Shumway, a retired manager for Mitsubishi cement, had a solid lead of 44.33 percentage points, according to preliminary results. Shumway has served as director District 7, which encompasses south central Victor Valley, since 2008.
“I’m just really, really happy. I worked hard, and ran a small campaign. I’m just happy to be part of the process here,” Shumway said, from an election party in Spring Valley Lake. “Water is really important to the High Desert future here. I really plan to be part of it. I’ll be the only geologist on board, and I think my contribution is going to be significant.”
District 5 serves Apple Valley in east Victor Valley and was the only district without an incumbent running for office. Art Bishop, who has served as director since 2004, is stepping down at the end of his term.
Coleman, with 42.26 percent of the vote, had a lead of 9.01 percentage points in the 5th District.
“I’m happy about it,” Coleman said. “If I go on to win, I will be very happy to do my part in protecting our water resources.”
In District 3, Joe Fahrlender, director of Phelan Pinon Hills CSD, had 30.25 percent of the vote and Norman Meek, geography professor, had 31.07 percent.
Bob Tinsley, a general building contractor, had 33.25 percent of the vote, and Clint Air, community volunteer, had 24.49 percent of the vote in District 5.
Robert Critzman, Harvey Wilkin and David Mueller had 19.6 percent, 10.45 percent and 6.03 percent of District 7’s votes, respectively.
The MWA’s purpose is to conserve the High Desert’s water supply. In total, the Mojave Water Agency serves 4,900 square miles in San Bernardino county, including Barstow, Lucerne Valley, the Victor Valley, Yucca Valley and surrounding communities.
These results represent the final numbers available as of press time Tuesday night. Check VVDailyPress.com for updated results Wednesday.
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