Joyce, Mendiola prove to be the big winners in the May 17 election

Voters gave Malheur County Judge Dan Joyce another six-year term after the Tuesday, May 20, election. Meanwhile, Jim Mendiola defeated incumbent county commissioner Don Hodge. (The Enterprise/FILE)

VALE – Jim Mendiola was just about to hop out of his dump truck to load some gravel Wednesday morning when he stopped to reflect on his election victory.

Mendiola defeated incumbent Malheur County Commissioner Don Hodge in the primary election and while he said he wasn’t surprised about the win, he was startled about the decisive nature of the . . .