To all Westland Water District patrons who turned out to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 14 to fill a position on its Board of Directors:

Voting is a privilege we have in our country and something we have only begun in this district. So to those of you who took the time to vote, thank you for being involved.

My wife and I have lived in Hermiston now for 12 years, moving here to be closer to family, enjoy quieter surroundings and become a part of this lovely community through our church and other local involvement. For the past couple of years I have taken an interest in the Westland Water District and where it is headed.

For this reason, when asked, I chose to run for an open position in District Four. With a considerably high voting turnout Tuesday, 202 patrons dedicated their time to vote. Mr. Bellinger received 107 to my 95. I was pleased with the turnout; it was so close.

For the next few years ahead of us, I hope that Mr. Bellinger will take his position seriously for all concerned patrons, no matter the size of their usage or status in our community. I wish him the best in his continued service to the district. I will continue to keep an active interest in our water district and hope many others will find the time to attend the open meetings.

Again, a big thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for me and to those who helped me in this endeavor.

Ray Vogt

Hermiston

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