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Sigafoos heads into 14th year on college board
In Distrist 3, challenger Chevalier beats Harris

The Yavapai College Governing Board had elections in two of its five districts, each with one seat available.

On the Prescott side of the mountain in District 1, the race was between challenger Wayne Meddaugh and incumbent Ray Sigafoos. At the time the Courier went to press, with 13 of 14 precincts reporting, Meddaugh had received 46.55 percent (5,652 votes) of the vote with incumbent Ray Sigafoos retaining his seat with 53 percent (6,443).

Reached by telephone Tuesday evening, Sigafoos said, “If everything keeps going the way it’s been going, it looks like I’ve got the election.”

He said he thought the race might have been this close for several reasons, which he declined to go into. “We raised a good bit of money, we spent a good deal of money. People supported me to get the message out,” Sigafoos said, adding his thanks to the leadership shown by Penny Wills, outgoing college president.

Sigafoos was appointed in 2005 to fill a vacancy, and has run unopposed twice for his board seat, until this year.

His opponent, Meddaugh, a retired federal agent, said when he sees things that “aren’t right” he tries to correct them. He was hoping to gain a seat on the board “to give the college a different look,” especially as enrollment has declined and tuition has increased.

“I was hoping to get on to basically make some moves, make some corrections. I would have liked to turn that around. That was my goal,” Meddaugh said by telephone Tuesday. He said this was his last foray into the political arena in Prescott, but he will continue to keep up with the board’s actions.

District 3 also had two candidates in the race, current board member Connie Harris and challenger Paul Chevalier. Chevalier received 54.8 percent (5,787) of the votes with Harris coming in at 44.95 percent (4,744).

Chevalier said he wasn’t surprised by the results as he had strong support. He was, however, sorry to learn Meddaugh lost in District 1.

“I’ll do the best possible job I can for the college, not only for the Verde Valley but for the whole county,” he said.

Reached by phone Tuesday, Harris said she was pleased with how well she did in the election, receiving nearly 45 percent of the votes, and wanted to offer her congratulations to Chevalier.

“This was my first time in the political arena, I consider it a learning experience,” she said. “All is good.”

Follow Sue Tone on Twitter @ToneNotes. Reach her at stone@prescottaz.com or 928-445-3333, ext. 2043.

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