Kiona-Benton school board results

Tri-City HeraldNovember 5, 2013 

Kiona-Benton City School District voters cleared out a second incumbent school board member up for re-election this year.

Challenger Wade Haun had a commanding lead Tuesday over incumbent Dan Raap in initial election results. Haun had 71 percent approval, or 832 votes, to Raap’s 29 percent, or 333 votes.

The tighter race was between Ivan Howard and Dan Johnson.

Howard was in the lead with 53 percent, or 622 votes, but that’s just 73 votes ahead of Johnson’s 47 percent, or 551 votes.

More votes are to be counted Wednesday.

Howard and Johnson knocked incumbent board member Charles Gray out of contention in the August primary.

Johnson has called for the district to better prepare students for college and Howard wants more emphasis on career and technical education. Both said the district needs more transparency following ongoing labor disputes with district employees and other issues.

Haun had similar concerns about transparency in his campaign against Raap, adding there needs to be a better relationship among teachers and administrators and a focus on the district’s infrastructure. Raap, who’s been on the board for 10 years, stood by the district’s accomplishments, including increasing academic performance and early adoption of all-day kindergarten.

Leslie Johnson, who was appointed to the board following the September resignation of Jill Renz-Whitman, also was re-elected to the board. She faced no challenger.

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