GOLD BEACH ? A low voter turnout in Tuesday?s special district election didn?t stop challenger Bill Ferry from unseating school board member Tom Davis in Brookings-Harbor School District 17-C.
Curry County Clerk Renee Kolen said the 37 percent turnout was only low in comparison to November?s presidential election, when Curry County garnered a voter turnout of almost 80 percent.
Kolen said in the days before mail-in elections, special district elections usually attracted only 12-17 percent of Curry County voters. She said counties with big cities did not do much better than that this time. Coos and Curry counties were both close to 40 percent.
?Our voters did good,? she said.
Ferry, co-chair of the Schools Designed for Learning Committee, defeated Davis by a two-to-one margin. Ferry garnered 1,859 votes to Davis? 909.
?I?m pleased with the overwhelming number of votes,? Ferry said late Tuesday.
He said ?There?s nothing I can do until I take office in July 1, but there?s plenty of other things I can do to get ready.?
He will continue to attend school board meetings and plans to attend the weekly conference call between the legislators and area officials sponsored by the Curry Coastal Pilot.
In the only other contested south county race, incumbent Port of Brookings Harbor Commissioner John Zia defeated challenger Bill Nokes, owner of the Chetco Chandlery, by 1,522 votes to 1,214.
?That?s almost as big a margin as President Bush had,?? Zia said. ?It?s kind of refreshing.??
Nokes said, ?The basis of my campaign was not that the port has done a bad job, but just that they?ve let boating slip out of their equation.
?Maybe pointing that out to them is enough,?? he said.
In the Southwestern Oregon Community College board races, Marcia Jensen defeated Clara Radcliffe for position No. 2 and David Bridgham won position No. 4 over Scott Frasieur.
Carol Oelke beat Gary Marconi for position No. 5 and Michael Murray, the only candidate from Curry County, defeated Scott Malby for position No. 7.
The winning candidates won in both Coos and Curry counties.
In other important contested races in Curry County, Gwen Gazeley defeated Barbara O?Malley Floyd, 709 to 661, for position No. 1 in the Central Curry School District. Joe Wegner beat Rick Foster, 910 to 453, for position No. 2.
In the Gold Beach Port District, Bill McNair defeated Ted Ferguson for position No. 4, 847 to 560.
In the Port Orford-Langlois School District 2CJ, Gary Anderson defeated Carlene Gregorwicz Armi, 699 to 167, for position No. 5.
In the hotly contested Port Orford Port District commissioner races, Tom Hall won position No. 1 with 255 votes over Chris Hawthorne, 221, and Jake Marshall, 206.
Gifford Barnes won position No. 2 with 249 votes over David Rickel, 233 and Pat Ross, 134.
The Curry County Elections Office had all ballots counted, except for the 288 dropped off at the city halls, counted by 8:41 p.m.