Ryan Boyle was prevailing with 63% in the race against John “Eddie” Adams, who had garnered 37% of the vote, for an open seat on the Jefferson County Rural Fire Protection District, after early returns in Tuesday’s election.
Incumbents Rob Galyen and Tim Whitaker, who hold board positions 3 and 4, both won their uncontested races.
Boyle, 45, is a lifelong Madras resident and third-generation farmer. He is the owner and manager of the 2,800-acre Boyle Family Farm. He serves on the fire board’s budget committee and the advisory board of Central Oregon Agriculture and Extension Center.
He could not be reached for comment.
Adams, 34, is also a Madras native and the operations assistant for the Jefferson County School District’s facilities department. He has no previous fire or other first responder experience.
Adams said he wasn’t surprised by the results.
“I kind of expected it I guess. He’s well-known in the community,” Adams said. “This is the first time I’ve ever done anything like this before.”
Adams said he would be open to running again someday.
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