By James Jordan
There will be one new face on the Newton USD 373 school board after Tuesday night's election. Two incumbents, Renee Erickson and Barbara Bunting were winners, and Dick Koontz was the newcomer elected.
?Bunting was the top vote getter with 1,528 votes with 16 of 16 precincnts reporting. Koontz was second at 1,452 and Erickson was third with 1,351. Incumbent Randy Zohn finsihed fourth with 1,084. Colby Roberson had 831 and Chris Ross had 527 votes.
Erickson won her second term on the board.
"It does look good at this point," she said with one precinct left to count.
?She said she believed she had a record to stand on and perhaps that made the difference.
?She has served one term on the board.
?"I am pleased to have the opportunity to serve again," she said.
Erickson lives in Newton and is a prinicpal of a school in Wichita and said she wanted to be also involved at the school board level.
"Education is my career," she said, adding she wants to continue to be involved in the community and with problem solving as it relates to schools.
Koontz was elected to his first term on the board. He is a real estate agent and lives in North Newton.
"It feels great. I look forward to serving on the board," he said Tuesday night.
He said he hopes to give back to the community as a school board member.
"I am grateful to the people who voted for me," he said.
There were 6,789 people who voted. There were 16 write-in votes. Voters were to pick three out of the six candidates.