David Brower, who won a one-year term last year to the Garrison Fire District Board of Commissioners, again defeated challenger Joe Regele on Dec. 12 to win a five-year term. Brower received 166 votes, or 55 percent, to Regele’s 135, or 45 percent. Two affidavit votes by residents new to the district have yet to be counted, said election official Anne Osborn.
The turnout at the polls, which were open for four hours, was 17 percent of registered district voters.
In last year’s election, the first for the district, Regele, a longtime critic of the fire company’s finances, fell seven votes shy of defeating Brower for the fifth and final seat on the panel.
Regele had been endorsed this year by Commissioner Stan Freilich. With Brower’s win, fire company members will continue to fill two of the five seats.
In North Highlands, Amy Locitzer ran unopposed to retain her fire district seat. She received all 14 votes.