Kristie Miller appeared to have defeated Ken Jones and Stratton Poindexter with 59% of the vote in a three-way race for the open seat on the Sisters-­Camp Sherman Rural Fire Protection District board, according to early returns Tuesday.

Jones was coming in second at 33%, with Poindexter coming in last with 7% of the vote. The three candidates were vying for the position vacated by Heather Johnson this year.

Miller, the retired head of the U.S. Forest Service’s Sisters Ranger District, did not respond to a request for comment.

Poindexter, a retired Redmond Fire captain and recent Sisters transplant, also did not respond to a request for comment.

Jones, who served as a district budget committee member and former lawyer for the district, said he was glad to be considered among a qualified group of candidates.

“It’s a great board to be on,” Jones said. “It would have been.”

Chuck Newport and Bill Rainey, who both ran unopposed, won their seats.

— Reporter: 541-633-2160, bvisser@bendbulletin.com

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