Voters return SD2 trustees Aragon, Halter, Stroebe to school board

2012-05-08T20:00:00Z 2012-05-09T14:30:21Z Voters return SD2 trustees Aragon, Halter, Stroebe to school boardBy ROB ROGERS The Billings Gazette

The two incumbents on the School District 2 board will keep their seats.

With all precincts reporting, Kathy Aragon topped her opponent Dennis Johnson with 1,717 votes. Johnson had 1,473 votes.

"I'm thrilled," Aragon said. "There are some very important things for the board to do. I'm excited to be a part of it."

Allen Halter beat Mary Jo Fox with 2,699 votes to Fox's 1,963 votes.

Halter was happy with the results.

"I think there's so much potential for this board," Halter said Tuesday evening. "I'm happy to be a part of it."

He gave his regards to Fox.

"Kudos to Mary Jo, she put up a good fight," he said.

Fox, who still has one daughter in high school, said she would continue to be involved with the school district.

"I wish Allen Halter all the best," she said. "And the board."

Aragon and Johnson were running to represent Zone 4 -- the neighborhoods immediately north and west of downtown. Aragon has served on the board since 2007, and Johnson, retired Billings Senior High track and field coach and math teacher was hoping to step up.

Halter and Fox were vying to represent Zone 6, the northwest corner of Billings. Halter was appointed to the seat in December after Trustee Barbara Bryan resigned in late October. Halter was one of six candidates to apply for Bryan's seat.

Fox was another of the six to apply. She filed to run for the seat just before the March deadline expired. Fox is a former trustee who served from 2005 to 2010 and was forced to resign in 2010 when she moved from her home in the Heights to the Indian Cliffs development, which sits just inside Zone 6.

Neither Fox nor Johnson could be reached for comment Tuesday night.

Teresa Stroebe ran unopposed for her seat in the high school district.

"I'm happy that Allen and Kathy are back," she said. Stroebe is board chairwoman.

She also expressed appreciation to Fox and Johnson for their desire to be involved with the district and their willingness to serve. It's what the district needs, she said.

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