Dennis, Rathbun elected to KID board

Tri-City Herald Staff WriterDecember 16, 2013 

— A Kennewick Irrigation District incumbent lost her Position 4 board seat to the Kennewick man she defeated in last year’s election.

Dean Dennis of Kennewick was elected to KID’s board for a three-year term over incumbent Penny Hermanson, according to Monday’s final results.

Incumbent Kirk Rathbun, who is finishing his first three-year term, was re-elected to Position 1 over Jim Wade, a KID critic whom Rathbun defeated in the 2010 election.

Rathbun, a farmer and a developer, received 1,595 votes, or about 89 percent of the votes cast.

Wade earned 194 votes, or about 11 percent.

In the Position 4 race, Dennis, president of the Pheasant Run Homeowners Association, received 1,180 votes, or 65 percent of the votes cast.

Hermanson, who owns 45 acres and farms grass feed, received 630 votes, or about 35 percent of the votes cast.

Hermanson congratulated Dennis on his win during a break Monday in KID’s meeting.

“I am very happy for him,” she told the Herald.

She said she has been proud to represent KID and make decisions for KID during the past year.

Dennis said he was excited for the chance to serve both residential and agricultural KID ratepayers. He said he will do his best to be a team player.

“I am sure that Ms. Hermanson has done a fine job and should be surely missed,” he said.

Board members are paid $90 per day for official meetings or days spent performing official duties.

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