Kiona-Benton City — The Kiona-Benton City School Board will have one less incumbent on the ballot this fall based on initial election results.
Challengers Ivan Howard and Daniel Johnson had 44 percent and 37 percent, respectively, in the first results from Tuesdays primary election. That left incumbent Charles Gray in a distant third with 17 percent.
Howard had 438 votes to Johnsons 368 and Grays 173.
If voters wanted a new school board member, theyve spoken, Gray told the Herald.
Howard said he was amazed at the results and thought it would be a tighter race. He added that having lived in the community for 48 years may have given him more recognition than he thought but hell still have to get in front of voters with his ideas.
Now its going out and getting those who voted for Charlie, he said.
Johnson said he was excited to move onto the Nov. 5 general election. He said he and Howard already have campaigned heavily, and hell be ramping that up. However, it helps that the community is receptive to his message.
They know we need change, Johnson said.
Tuesdays results mean board member Dan Raap will be the only incumbent fighting for his seat in November. Board member Jill Renz-Whitmans seat also is on the ballot but shes moved out of her district.