Deschutes Public Library employee Liz Goodrich is leading one-term incumbent Johnny Corbin for a seat on the Redmond School Board in early ballot counts in Tuesday’s election, earning 71% of the vote compared to Corbin’s 28% in Deschutes County.

In the small portion of the school district in Jefferson County, made up mostly of Crooked River Ranch residents, Goodrich also led in early returns, earning 62% of the vote in that subdivision.

Goodrich, 53, the adult programs coordinator for the library system, said she was “super pleased” about her apparent victory.

“I did not cross the finish line without a lot of help from a lot of people,” she said. “I’m super excited to serve the city of Redmond and help the schools be the best they can possibly be.”

Goodrich previously said she believed community engagement was key to asking voters to pass a bond. She also said she wanted the district to prepare for population growth in Redmond.

Corbin, 70, has accused Superintendent Mike McIntosh of turning away seniors to volunteer in schools, and said last year’s $70 million safety improvement bond partly failed because seniors and veterans voted against it.

“Well, it’s sad because I think she’s going to be a detriment to our children in the school district,” Corbin.

Both candidates said they’d support another try at the bond, which would replace the aging M.A. Lynch Elementary, but Corbin said he’d only agree to it if a second bond attempt was slimmed down.

— Reporter: 541-617-7854, jhogan@bendbulletin.com

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