Beck and Orr in close race for school board |

Beck and Orr in close race for school board

by Maggie O'Neill

Two candidates neck-in-neck in the primary election for a school board seat will fight their final battle in the Nov. 2 general election.

Ron Beck and Loren Orr each received more than 2,900 votes in the primary election Sept. 7. Beck’s votes tallied 2,972 and Orr’s votes amounted to 2,904, a difference of 68.

Both move forward to the general election, where voters will decide between the two. Both have been electrified by the results.

“It was the first time I ran in an election,” said Beck. “I was kind of a rookie at this. We checked in periodically and saw the race was going to be very close.”

Orr, also running for the first time for a school board seat, continuously checked the Douglas County voter’s Web site, saying it was down for a while and then popped up with results about 9:30 p.m.

“I’m not going to change my viewpoint or platform, but I am going to work harder hitting the streets and talking with more folks,” he said.

The winner for the seat will represent much of the northern part of Douglas county, including Sunridge and some of Johnson Lane.

The third candidate for seat one, Veronica Hulsey, received just under 2,500 votes. Her name will not appear on the ballot for the general election.

Beck is excited about the results, which put him slightly but not significantly, in the lead over Orr.

“It was very gratifying to know people recognized that experience really counts for a lot,” he said. “But I have a lot of work ahead of me, of course.”

He will continue campaigning by attending community and speaking events, as he did before the primary election, and will keep on focusing on his 25-year education background.

“What I’ve talked about all along is my experience,” he said.

“I’ve seen the fiscal aspect as the administrative level because I’ve been a high school principal. I’m at the district level now and I deal with the fiscal aspects, and I’ve also worked with fiscal aspects when I was at the Department of Education.”

He believes in familiarizing himself with the school board’s game plan and not running blind for the seat.

Orr will continue focusing his campaign on his financial-planning background.

“That’s where Ron and I differ,” he said.

“He comes from the education sector and I come from the private sector and the financial planner background.”

No other seats were contested in the school district.

Therese Finley withdrew from the seat three contest, even though her name appeared on the ballot.

On the November ballot, candidates Lawrence Howell and Cindy Trigg will appear on the ballot for seat three.

Howell received nearly 3,858 votes in the primary election and Trigg’s votes tallied 2,455. Finley received 1,765 votes.

John Louritt is running for school board seat four, which represents part of the Gardnerville Ranchos. He has no opponent.

— Maggie O’Neill can be reached at mo’ or 782-5121, ext. 214.