Prosser School Board incumbent is clear leader

PROSSER -- Prosser School Board incumbent Timothy D. Rankin will have a chance to keep his District 2 seat.

Rankin is the clear leader in the three-way race, which means he will move on to the general election. He received 796 votes, or 43 percent, according to unofficial Benton and Klickitat county results.

But it's a tight race to see who will challenge Rankin. Bill Jenkin has 527 votes, or 29 percent, with Larry Loges coming in third with 512 votes, or 28 percent.

The top two vote-getters advance to the Nov. 8 ballot.

There are clear winners in the District 1 post, with Gayle Wheeler and RJ Blahut moving on to the fall election to see who will have Bill Starkey's seat.

Starkey, who spent four years on the board, did not seek re-election.

Wheeler received 1,079 votes, or 60 percent, and Blahut had 524 votes, or 29 percent. Anita Rodriguez Dennis had 206 votes, or 11 percent.