Morrow County School Board incumbents Craig Miles, Bill Kuhn and Pat McNamee retained their seats Tuesday night, while voters added Dan Daltoso to the mix.
Miles won Position 1 with 960 votes, beating out opponents Darrell Gale's 319 votes and Kerry Muniz's 191. Kuhn garnered 984 votes to defeat Ken Hackett, who had 499, for Position 3. And McNamee won decisively against Elizabeth Melendez for Position 5, 1,074-317.
Daltoso tallied 775 votes for Position 4, against 318 votes for Kent Hansen and the 295 votes for Neila Coffman.
Miles, a farmer from Heppner, has served on the board for fours years and was the chairman. He said he looks forward to working with Kuhn and McNamee again.
"I'm glad the people put trust in me," Miles said. "You never know what will happen, but I hope things continue like they have. They have been pretty smooth so far."
Kuhn, a Heppner attorney, said he's enjoyed his four years on the board and looks forward to another term.
"I'm looking forward to working for the students, staff and citizens of Morrow County," said Kuhn, who as worked as city attorney for Irrigon, Echo, Heppner and Stanfield. "I think we have a good staff and I look forward to making wise decisions for them."
Kuhn said keeping the board intact will be an advantage.
"We have a good working relationship," Kuhn said. "I think anybody who would have been elected would adjust, but we know each other well and now how to work together."
Daltoso, the only newcomer to be elected to the board, brings a wealth of knowledge to his seat. He's the associate director of the Umatilla-Morrow Head Start program, a child and family service. Born and raised in Morrow County and the son of a former Riverside High School principal, Daltoso said he is ready to serve.
"I think I'll do a good job," he said. "I look forward to representing Morrow County and unifying the district. The people running against me were really good. I just hope that in four years I do a good job and think of the students and teachers in mind when making decisions."
Daltoso beat out Coffman, an Irrigon mother with two children, and Hansen, a warehouseman at Pendleton Grain Growers.
McNamee was pleased to be re-elected and also with the board's new addition in Daltoso.
"I'm glad I was able to win," said McNamee, a hay farmer from Heppner. "Daltoso is a wonderful addition to the board. He's a leader of the Head Start program. His father was at Riverside for 30 years. He comes from a wonderful family."
McNamee's opponent, Melendez, had been outspoken against the board, saying it had not listened to parents and others in the community.
"My opponent had a bone to pick," McNamee said of Melendez. "As near as I know things are going well."