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Ki-Be school board incumbents might lose

BENTON CITY -- A change appears to be heading to the Kiona-Benton City School Board.

Both incumbents trying to retain their seats received the fewest votes and may not move on to the Nov. 8 general election, according to unofficial results released Tuesday night.

In the District 1 seat, a resident who has been critical of the way the board and the district has handled controversies has a majority of the votes.

Tim Cook, a sheetmetal worker, received 584 votes, or 56 percent.

It's a close race for the second spot, with Jill M. Renz-Whitman receiving 243 votes, or 23 percent, and incumbent Gary Howell with 217 votes, or 21 percent.

Renz-Whitman currently serves on the board in the District 3 post. If she loses, she will remain on the board to finish the last two years of that term.

In the District 4 position, Wayne J. Elston, 38, will advance to the general election ballot after receiving 480 votes, or 45 percent.

But, it's still a toss up to see who will be challenging the 1991 Ki-Be High grad.

Former school board member Charlotte Burruss, 63, is in second place with 304 votes, or 29 percent, but just 32 votes separate her from incumbent Joe Schroeder.

Schroeder, 48, received 272 votes, or 26 percent. He's been on the board since March 2011 and has lived in Benton City for 19 years.

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