Wardell, Kemp win SD2 board seats

2010-05-04T20:34:00Z Wardell, Kemp win SD2 board seats ROB ROGERS Of The Gazette Staff The Billings Gazette
May 04, 2010 8:34 pm  • 

Two new trustees and three incumbents will take seats on the Billings School District 2 board following Tuesday’s election that saw a mix of highly competitive and noncompetitive races.

District 7, which covers the city’s far West End, ended up being the school district’s most competitive race with three candidates. With all precincts reporting, Connie Wardell had 1,949 votes, beating Craig E. Hash, who garnered 1,369 votes, and LaVonna Robinson, who had 1,105 votes. The three were running for the spot vacated by board Chairman Malcolm Goodrich.

Wardell didn’t return phone calls Tuesday night.

Robinson, after hearing the final numbers, offered Wardell her congratulations and said she plans to keep active in the district.

“I guess I got some good practice to try again,” said Robinson. “I’m still going to be involved.”

Incumbent Travis Kemp, who was appointed to the board in April to represents District 1 on the South Side, led his race with 1,217 votes. Challenger Ken Ard, a 1992 graduate of Senior High and an engineer for the City of Billings, trailed with 453 votes.

 Neither Kemp nor Ard returned calls Tuesday night.

In the noncompetitive races, incumbent Mary Jo Fox, who represents District 3 in the Heights, and newcomer Lindy S. Graves in District 5 on the West End, both ran unopposed.

District 2, which covers the eastern half of the Heights, is represented by Joyce Weber. She ran as a write-in candidate and got 36 votes. Behind were write-in candidates Christopher Leffler with 32 votes and Daniel Willems with 10 votes.

Contact Rob Rogers at rrogers@billingsgazette.com or at 406-657-1231.

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