The mechanic for Crooked River Ranch Rural Fire Protection District appeared to defeat the board president in Tuesday’s election.

Mark W. Wilson was beating Bob Bengtson 62% to 37% in early returns.

In the board’s other contested race, incumbent Jeff Green appeared on track to beat challenger Bill Burt 60% to 40%.

The race for Position 5 featured the district’s longtime mechanic Wilson and its current board President Bengtson.

Wilson, 58, has been the district’s mechanic since 2006. In addition, he’s the lead worker for the city of Redmond’s Public Works Department.

Bengtson, 71, is a U.S. Navy veteran who worked most of his career in operations at a Portland book bindery. He’s lived in Crooked River Ranch for 15 years and has served on the board for nine.

In the race for Position 3, Redmond small-businessman Green was challenged by retired flight instructor and U.S. Air Force officer Burt.

Green, 51, owns a trucking company and manages LKQ Brad’s Auto and Truck Parts in Redmond. He recently retired as a volunteer with Crooked River Ranch Fire at the rank of captain-EMT.

Burt, 71, has never held elected office.

Incumbent Barbara Oakley’s seat was also on the May ballot, but she ran unopposed.

Newcomer Brad Pahl ran unopposed to serve the two years remaining on the term of a departing board member.

— Reporter: 541-383-0325, gandrews@bendbulletin.com

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