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An official ballot drop box outside the Klamath County Clerk’s Office in the county government building on Main Street.

The Klamath County Clerk’s Office certified the final outcome of the May special district election on Thursday, revealing at least one close race within a single vote and a new Klamath Falls City School board member elected via a write-in campaign, filling a seat long held by the incumbent.

Newcomer Dawn Albright obtained the majority of votes via write-in for Zone 4 to fill Don Ambers’ longtime post on the city school board.

In the closest race of the election, Carol Usher, with 844 votes, unseated Denise Norton, 843, by one vote for Zone 1 on city school board.

On the Klamath County School Board, incumbent John Rademacher, who represents Zone 1, obtained 2,479 votes or 54.9% of the vote. Kat Hatcher Mitchell tallied 1,995 votes for 44.25% of the vote.

The following county school board members ran unopposed and obtained the majority of votes to retain their seats:

– Steve Lowell, who represents Zone 4, obtained 3,884 votes or 98.3%.

- Lori Theros, who represents Zone 2, obtained 98.6% of the votes.

- Trina Perez, who represents Zone 5, obtained 1,557 votes and 98.4%.

In Klamath Community College’s widely contested race for Zone 2 board of director, Helen Petersen garnered the majority of votes at 1,227 or 21.97%.

It was a close race, with Derek Kimbol not far behind with 1,218 votes or 21.8%. Corey Murphy was next, with 1,177 votes or 21.08% of the vote. Valerie Lenardson obtained 988 votes or 17.69%. Rhoda Keown obtained 920 votes or 16.48% of the votes.

David Jensen retained his Zone 4 seat on the board with 743 votes or 56.8% versus opponent Kassandra Harding’s 558 votes or 42.6% of the votes.

Kenneth DeCrans retained his seat unopposed with 925 votes or 98.3% of the votes.

Austin Folnagy obtained the majority of votes via a write-in campaign for Zone 4 on the Southern Oregon Education Service District.

Bob Moore obtained 2,636 votes or 58.8% of votes to fill the Zone 3 position on Southern Oregon Education Service District. David Jensen obtained 1,793 votes or 40% of the votes for the same position.

For the entire list of certified results, visit Klamath County’s website at and click on Election results. For more information, contact the Klamath County Clerk’s Office during regular business hours at 541-883-5134.