Kennewick Irrigation district board elects 2

By Kristi Pihl, Tri-City HeraldDecember 18, 2012 

A Kennewick Irrigation District incumbent and a regular attendee of KID's board meetings were elected to serve on the five-member board starting next year.

Patrick McGuire was re-elected to position 2 and Penny Hermanson won the position 4 seat for the remaining year of the current term, according to the final results released Monday.

McGuire, who was first elected to the board in 2008, received 1,215 votes, or 88 percent of those cast in the race.

His opponent, Jim Wade, a Kennewick homeowner, received 168 votes, or 12 percent of those cast.

Hermanson, who will become the KID board's newest member on Jan. 8, won position 4 with 909 votes, or almost 65.5 percent of those cast in the race. She owns 45 acres, farms grass feed and began attending KID board meetings in 2008.

She told the Herald on Monday that she was excited by the results and appreciative of the support voters showed her, and that she hopes to do a good job for KID ratepayers.

"I truly am looking forward to next year," Hermanson said.

Dean Dennis, who recently was appointed to position 4, won 387 votes, or 28 percent, and Dale Walter, who was appointed to the KID board in 2008 but was not re-elected later that year for a four-year term, received 90 votes, or almost 6.5 percent.

"It was great to see rate payers come out and vote," McGuire said Monday.

KID rate payers should look forward to continued work this year on lining canals for safety and to increase efficiency, McGuire said.

Hermanson and McGuire are married, but Hermanson previously told the Herald that having a married couple on the board is no different than having two best friends. They have different opinions like any couple, she said.

State law gives spouses each half of the votes for the property they own, giving a voice to both property owners, she said then.

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