KENNEWICK -- Patrick McGuire and Gene Huffman have been re-elected to three-year terms on the board of directors for the Kennewick Irrigation District.
A count of the votes Monday during a special meeting went to the two incumbents over three challengers
Huffman received 1,274 votes for the Position 2 seat, while his opponent, John McAloon, had 337 votes.
McGuire had 1,285 votes for the Position 5 seat, while opponents John Blanco had 445 votes and Jim Wade had 288 votes.
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"I see this as an affirmation that the board has been doing things right," McGuire said.
A total of 3,632 votes were cast in the Dec. 8 election.
Three votes went to three write-in candidates, said John Jaksch, board president.
In all 145 people voted, said Beth Smith, KID's public information officer. That represents a turnout of less than 1 percent, based on KID's records showing about 20,000 KID customers.
State law governing irrigation districts assigns votes on the basis of land ownership in the district. Landowners in KID who have properties totaling five acres or less receive two votes.
Owners of larger parcels are allowed two votes for each five-acre unit. For example, the owner of a 100-acre parcel would have 40 votes.
Smith said KID officials did not keep track of how many of the 145 voters own less than 5 acres or those who have more than 5 acres.
There are about 25,000 parcels in the 56,000-acre district, and more than 63,000 potential votes.
Most of the potential votes -- 47,000 -- are held by the about 24,000 owners of parcels less than five acres in size, while just under 1,000 people who own about 35,000 acres control the remaining 15,000 votes.
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