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In this Oct. 3, 2018, file photo, Dianne Owens of the AAUW introduces Lompoc Unified School District board candidates during a forum at Lompoc City Hall. The candidates, from left, are Alan Skinner, Timothy Moncier, Bill Heath, Deb Andrews, Gloria Grijalva, Steve Straight and Nancy Schuler-Jones.

A crowded race for three seats on the Lompoc Unified School District board of education resulted in victories for two incumbents and one challenger, according to voting results released late Tuesday night and then updated Friday evening by Santa Barbara County election officials. 

The race included three candidates who sought to fill out one partial two-year term, and four candidates who vied for two full four-year terms.

According to the voting totals updated Friday, incumbent Bill Heath, with 4,685 votes, led Timothy Moncier (2,364 votes) and Alan Skinner (2,178 votes) for the lone two-year seat. Heath accounted for 51 percent of the total, with Moncier claiming 26 percent and Skinner 24 (each total is rounded to eliminate fractions).

Challenger Nancy Schuler-Jones led the field in the race for the two full terms with 5,262 votes for 35 percent of the total. Trailing her was current board president Steve Straight, who had garnered 4,636 votes for a 30-percent share.

On the outside looking in, according to the balloting figures, was Gloria Grijalva, who was appointed to a vacated seat on the board in February and had 3,332 votes (22 percent); and challenger Deb Andrews, who was selected on 1,934 ballots (13 percent).

The candidates each participated in a forum hosted by the American Association of University Women at Lompoc City Hall on Oct. 3 and they gave opposing views on a range of issues, including the need for a school bond, the appropriateness of sexual education, and how best to keep campuses safe.

The next regular meeting of the LUSD board of education is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 13.

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Willis Jacobson covers the city of Lompoc for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter @WJacobsonLR.

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