Carter-Ward, 43, of Quartz Hill, has served on the fair board since 2004. She has owned Deana’s Equipment Rental since 1984. Carter-Ward also has served as a consultant for Reclaimed Aggregates since 2004. She is a longtime volunteer at the Antelope Valley Fair. She is a Republican. [email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Parker, president of the Antelope Valley Human Relations Task Force, had reapplied for the post but did not get reappointed. Parker said “partisan politics” was evident in the governor’s decision that leaves only one Democrat on the fair board. Parker was appointed along with three other Democrats in 2003, including two current and former staffers for then Los Angeles Councilman-elect Antonio Villaraigosa. Their appointments represented a change for the board that for decades had consisted predominantly of Republicans and local business people. The governor’s office denied there was politics involved. Eckley is a member of the Lancaster West Rotary and Antelope Valley Zonta Club. Schwarzenegger also announced the reappointment of Deana Carter-Ward. LANCASTER – A manager for a Palmdale department store has been named to the Antelope Valley Fair board of directors. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced last week the appointment of Celeste Eckley, 43, of Palmdale, who has been a manager for Dillard’s department store since 1999. “I am excited about serving the community and thought it would be a lot of fun to be on the fair board,” Eckley said Tuesday. Eckley, a Republican, replaces Darren Parker, who had been appointed in 2003 by ousted Gov. Gray Davis, a Democrat.