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 Tuesday’s primary election. That left incumbent Charles Gray in a distant third with 17 percent.
Howard had 438 votes to Johnson’s 368 and Gray’s 173.
“If voters wanted a new school board member, they’ve 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 he’ll still have to get in front of voters with his ideas.
“Now it’s 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 he’ll be ramping that up. However, it helps that the community is receptive to his message.
“They know we need change,” Johnson said.
Tuesday’s results mean board member Dan Raap will be the only incumbent fighting for his seat in November. Board member Jill Renz-Whitman’s seat also is on the ballot but she’s moved out of her district.