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Vanston Shaw wins parks seat

Jim Lewis, unopposed, also wins a position
 Posted: 2:00 AM November 09, 2012

Vanston Shaw, a retired superintendent of California schools, has won a seat on the Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission, according to unofficial results from the Jackson County Elections Office.

Long-term Parks Commissioner Jim Lewis, who ran unopposed, was re-elected.

Shaw ran against Vicki Tripoli, who said during the campaign that she was dealing with a family medical emergency and probably wouldn't accept the position if elected.

Shaw garnered 58.86 percent, or 4,294 votes, to Tripoli's 40.11 percent, or 2,926 votes, according to unofficial results.

Jackson County will certify official results on Nov. 26, said Jackson County Clerk Chris Walker.

Shaw said that after he takes office, he would like parks and city officials to discuss stable funding for Ashland parks. Last year, the city took money from the quasi-independent parks department in order to fund city operations, a move Shaw opposes.

Shaw said he is in favor of loosening rules on dogs in parks, which require dogs to be leashed and remain on sidewalks and other paved surfaces, or within six feet of paved surfaces, while in parks that allow dogs.

"Dogs should be able to walk across a park. That makes sense. It's a rationale and appropriate step down the road," Shaw said.

Parks Commissioner Rich Rosenthal was elected to the City Council and will leave his commission post in January 2013.

Parks commissioners will appoint a replacement for him, said Ashland City Recorder Barbara Christensen.

Staff reporter Vickie Aldous can be reached at 541-479-8199 or

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