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FARMINGTON — Two incumbents and a newcomer were elected to terms on the San Juan College Board of Trustees Nov. 5.

Incumbent Joseph Rasor was elected to another term on District 4 while running unopposed.

In District 6, incumbent R. Shane Chance defeated three challengers, easily winning another term with approximately 57 percent of the vote. Tracey Taylor finished second with nearly 22 percent, while Mary Larue was third with approximately 14 percent and Aaron Favaloro was fourth with 7 percent.

In the District 7 race, Valerie Uselman squeezed out a tight victory over Peter Deswood and two other challengers. She claimed nearly 46 percent of the vote to Deswood's 44 percent, while Jennifer Jo Quevedo was third with a little more than 5 percent and Olena Petrivna Erickson was fourth with nearly 5 percent.

Chance, the winner in District 6, said he was pleased so many voters went to the polls to take part in the election, and he believes the result made it a good day for the community.

Chance said he wished some community forums had been held for the candidates before the election so they would have had more chances to speak directly to voters. He said he welcomes the chance to serve voters through another term.

"I try to put forth the best effort no matter what I do," he said.

Chance thanked voters for the confidence they showed in him

"They know the college is an icon for the community, and they're the winners at the end of the day," he said.

In the race for the District 7 seat, Uselman, who has worked as a teacher, real estate agent and salesperson, and Peter Deswood, the principal at Farmington's Rocinante High School, were locked in a tight battle throughout the night as returns trickled in. Uselman jumped out to the lead and continued to hold it, but the margin grew closer and closer as time went by. By 8:40 p.m., only 18 votes separated the two candidates. The margin loosened and tightened after that, finally ending with Uselman ahead by 19 votes.

"An amazing turnout," Uselman said of the race. "I think just an amazing turnout. A very tight race. Mr. Deswood, we both gave it our all, and Olena contributed and did well."

Uselman said the fact that so many voters took part speaks to the interest of local residents in their education system and in the electoral process.

"It's fabulous," she said. "I'm so grateful for everyone who helped me along the way, and I look forward to the new adventure."

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