Two of the three Newton School Board members seeking re-election will be staying on the board. The unofficial results from yesterday’s election show Incumbent Josh Cantu received the most votes. His name appeared on 1-thousand 421 ballots. Donna Cook, the longest serving member of the current board, was re-elected with 1-thousand 66 votes. Newton Clinic Administrator Mark Thayer will be joining the board. He received 1-thousand 63 votes. Incumbent Ann Leonard will be giving up her seat to Thayer. Leonard got 999 votes while former Newton School Board member Nat Clark’s name was on 774 ballots. Thayer said last night he’s ready to serve.

Thayer does believe the resignation of Superintendent Bob Callaghan last week may have played a role in him getting elected.

What qualities will he be looking for as he helps chose the District’s new leader.

Cook said last night, she was worried Callaghan’s resignation might prevent her from getting re-elected.

What does she want in a new Superintendent?

This will be Cook’s 5th 4 year term. What keeps motivating her to serve on the school board.

The results of last night’s election will not become official until they are canvassed by the Jasper County Board of Supervisors.