The Highland School Board will have two new members. In the lone contested race for School Board, Robert Miller, a teacher in the Alton School District and an Air Force veteran who served in operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, defeated incumbent Joyce Zerban in Tuesday’s general election.
Miller, 52, received 537 votes (57 percent). Zerban, 72, a retired teacher who has been on the board since 2007, received 397 votes (43 percent).
Zerban took her loss in stride. “It is what it is,” she said after being informed she lost her re-election bid.
She wished Miller good luck. Zerban said she will find something else to do to occupy her time.
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“No worries,” she said.
Miller thanked all of the voters who supported him in the election.
“I now hope I just live up to their expectations,” he said.
Incumbent Joe Mott ran unopposed for the board seat representing Saline Township. He received 423 votes. Last fall, Mott was appointed to the board when Alyssa Bond resigned after moving to California.
David L. Raymond Jr. of Alhambra ran as a write-in candidate, but faced no opposition. He received 97 votes (total does not include early voting or absentee ballots). He needed at least 50, the number of signatures required on a nominating petition for other candidates, in order to be elected. Raymond will replace Greg Basler, who announced earlier he would not be seeking re-election after serving on the board for the last eight years.
Residents of Triad School District 2 approved a tax increase in Tuesday’s election. The vote totals were 2,319 (51.7 percent) yes votes, and 2,162 voted no
Triad asked for a 50-cent increase in the education fund to $2.34, which is estimated to increase taxes by $170 a year for a home valued at $120,000. With a planned refinancing of existing debt, the district hopes to lower that bill to $156.40. The increase would generate an additional $2.158 million per year for the district.
Triad voters were also asked to vote for four School Board members from a list of five candidates. Winners were Jeff Hewitt, 55, of Troy, a principal technical architect for AT&T (2,802 votes); Kelly Simpson, 45, of Highland, the owner of Flinn Engineering LLC, a local civil engineering consulting firm (2,738); Laura Gire Dods, 43, of Marine, a civil engineer with the U.S. Army at Scott Air Force Base (2,371); and Carl Dempsey, 44, an Edwards Jones financial advisor (2,114). Joseph Varvera, 49, an electrician from Highland, received 1,807 votes.
Voters in St. Jacob overwhelming voted to disconnect from the Tri-Township Library District. Voters in St. Jacob Precinct 1 voted 298 (78 percent) to 85 to disconnect. Voters in Precinct 2 voted 299 (77 percent) to 87 to disconnect.
Only four local municipal elections that were contested on Tuesday.
For mayor of Grantfork, incumbent Steven Brendel defeated a challenge from Adam Vosholler, 38 to 18.
In a race for a two-year term on the Grantfork Village Board, Kathryn Porter defeated Curtis “Skip” Dickshot, 39 to 18 votes.
In New Douglas, five people were running for three village trustee seats. The vote totals were Walter Bulter, 29; Montt Beckett, 56; George Grindstaff Jr., 59; and Susan Garcia, 40. Warren LeBegue received 34 votes as a write-in candidate on Tuesday, however, this vote total does not include absentee ballots or early voting totals.
In the race for alderman in Ward 3 in the city of Troy, Allen Dyer won with 248 votes, defeating Tim Flint and Charles Lawrenz, who received 149 and 24 votes respectively.