Voters in Logan County school districts went to the polls last week to decide races for school board positions.
Cory Wells of Paris defeated Adam Johnson of Carbon City to win a second, five-year term on the Paris School Board.
Wells got 251 votes to Johnson’s 103. Wells is a Paris attorney who also serves as City Attorney. Johnson, a firefighter at Fort Chaffee, was making his first race for elective office. Wells was elected to the Position 4 seat he now holds in 2012 in an uncontested election.
According to Logan County Clerk Peggy Fitzjurls, the Wells-Johnson contest was the first contested race for Paris School Board since 2011. School board races take place each year.
In the County Line School District, incumbent Heather Appleton defeated Leisa Smith, 117 votes to 29. Appleton was first elected to the Position 5 seat in 2012.
The two spots on the ballot in the Scranton School District had only one candidate each. Adam Fritche won re-election to the Position 3 seat and Hilda Turner won a full five-year term after serving one year to fill a vacancy. She holds Position 4 on the board.
Michael Springer was selected as the newest Magazine School Board member last week.
Winning by just over a two-to-one margin, Springer received 143 votes to 71 for Brandy Moore. Springer fills the Position 3 vacancy created by the expiration of Manfred Phillips’ term. Phillips had served two five-year terms and chose not to seek reelection.