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Incumbents return to school board seats in District 6

Nov 13, 2012 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer

Kristen Benson, Charles Gomendi, Patti Griffith and Dan Pince placed ahead of the sole challenger in the race, Mark Perkins.

Four incumbents will return to their seats on the Fremont County School District 6 Board of Trustees after winning the election Nov. 6.

Kristen Benson, Charles Gomendi, Patti Griffith and Dan Pince all placed ahead of the sole challenger in the race, Mark Perkins.

Each voter could cast four votes and 2,624 ballots were submitted, according to the unofficial results, which include absentee ballots. Griffith had the most with 629 (24.0 percent), Pince was next with 598 (22.8 percent), Gomendi was third with 598 (22.8 percent), Kristin Benson had 500 (19.1 percent) to earn fourth, and Perkins garnered 308 votes (11.7 percent) to finish in fifth place. There were 19 write-ins.

"Well I'm quite tickled," Griffith said after the election. "I'm real glad to see the continuity on the board."

She and the other incumbents spent election night in a board meeting and did not hear the results until after she got out at around 9:30 p.m., Griffith said.

She did not give specific plans for her next term on the board.

"Our focus is being able to educate kids for the 21st century, to meet the demands of the future," Griffith said.

Gomendi earned his second term.

"I was glad to get back on the board," he said. "I think I have some ideas to offer."

Gomendi likes being on the board because he thinks the trustees works well together.

"Everybody's trying to do what's right for the kids," he said.

Benson was appointed to fill a vacancy earlier this year so this was her first time running for the board.

"I was happy I was able to attain it," she said.

She said she looks forward to lending her experience as a teacher and administrator when the trustees make decisions.

She said she heard the news on the radio when she got out of the board meeting.

Other candidates did not return requests for comment by press time.

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