Incumbents keep water board seats |

Incumbents keep water board seats

Incumbents George Price and Henry DeCorte have retained their seats on the Washington County Water District board. It was the first water board election in the town of Washington in more than 20 years.

Lyla J. Tracy secured the third seat on the board in semi-official results released late Tuesday by the Nevada County Elections Office.

Of 193 votes cast in Washington’s two precincts, Price, who has been on the board more than 10 years, was the top vote-getter with 51, or just over 26 percent, of all votes cast.

The water board oversees the town’s supply of water from Canyon Creek and serves as the umbrella agency for Washington’s volunteer fire department.

For much of Tuesday, it appeared engineer John Stark, who serves as the board’s secretary, would secure the third spot, as he led DeCorte by a single vote with half of the precincts counted.

DeCorte ended the night one vote ahead of Stark and will continue to serve on the board, a position he’s held for six years.

“I feel pretty good about it, and I feel pretty good that my friends and neighbors took the time to write me in,” said DeCorte, who beat Stark 36-35, according to semi-official tallies.

The board this year spent $300,000 to install a 600-foot flume that replaced a 90-year-old wooden one. Just 19 votes separated gold-mine manager Bobby Hicks, who finished last, from Price.

Three votes separated retired mine manager Tracy from DeCorte, and Hicks finished just four votes behind DeCorte.

Tracy, Price and DeCorte join incumbents Linda Krausch and Pat McIntosh on the board.

Washington County Water District

Four Candidates for Three Four-Year Terms

George Douglas Price 51 26.42%

Henry DeCorte 36

John A. Stark 35 18.13%

Bobby D. Hicks 32 16.58%

Lyla J. Tracy 39 20.21%

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