Jeff Smith and Don Hedrick appear to have won the two races for the Sisters School Board, according to early election returns Tuesday.

Smith, a longtime board member and current chair, had 57% of the vote. At 73, the retired professor served on the school board from 1999 to 2012 and was appointed to the board in 2014 before being elected in 2015.

“I’m happy to be in the lead, but as Yogi Berra said, ‘It ain’t over till it’s over,’” Smith said. “So we’ll wait until the rest of the results come in.”

Stephen King, a school board member who decided to vacate the Position 4 seat he held for five years to challenge Smith, had 32%.

David Thorsett, 54, who filed to run against Smith and King for the Position 3 seat but decided to withdraw from the race to endorse Smith, garnered 11% of the vote.

Hedrick, 84, appears to be prevailing for the other school board seat with 62% over Mandee Seeley, who had 38%.

A former teacher, Hedrick served on the school board from 2009 to 2017 before taking a two-year break.

“I liked being on the board. It’s important,” Hedrick said. “I’ll be glad to be back on the board.”

Seeley, 36, is an administrative assistant for the Sisters Park & Recreation District with two children enrolled in the school district.

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