Mojave Spaceport Board Shaken Up in Election

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The leadership of the East Kern Airport District (EKAD) Board of Directors, which oversees the Mojave Air and Space Port, will undergo a shakeup as a result of Tuesday’s elections. The official results are below. (I is for incumbent.)

EAST KERN AIRPORT DIRECTOR – Vote For 3
Completed Precincts: 13 of 13
VOTE COUNT
PERCENTAGE
DICK RUTAN (I)
2225
27.29%
ALLEN L. PETERSON
2093
25.67%
CATHY HANSEN (I)
2065
25.33%
JIM BALENTINE (I)
1747
21.43%

So, what this means, in summary, is:

  • Incumbent Dick Rutan was re-elected with the highest number of votes.
  • Incumbent Jim Balentine, a 17-year member of the board who currently serves as president, is out because he came in fourth.
  • Challenger Allen Peterson, president and CEO of the National Test Pilot School, is in after polling second.
  • Cathy Hansen, who resigned from the board last month for personal reasons but remained on the ballot, was re-elected for a term she will not serve.

Hansen’s resignation leaves a seat open that the EKAD board can fill without having a special election. So, it is possible that Balentine could be appointed to fill that position.

1 Response to “Mojave Spaceport Board Shaken Up in Election”


  1. 1 Ben

    I think you could go with “It is presumed that Balentine would be appointed.” This is Mojave, after all.

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