Election judges, from left, Linda Riley, Jerrie Simpson and Judy Smith sort ballots Tuesday afternoon at the Moffat County Courthouse. Local voters elected J.B. Chapman, Sherry St. Louis and incumbent Tony St. John to the Moffat County School Board and voted down the statewide Proposition 103 by 76 percent.

Photo by Michelle Balleck

Election judges, from left, Linda Riley, Jerrie Simpson and Judy Smith sort ballots Tuesday afternoon at the Moffat County Courthouse. Local voters elected J.B. Chapman, Sherry St. Louis and incumbent Tony St. John to the Moffat County School Board and voted down the statewide Proposition 103 by 76 percent.

Moffat County voters elect school board members

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Tony St. John

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Sherry St. Louis

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J.B. Chapman

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Ken Wergin

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Debbie Belleville

By the numbers ...

Moffat County School Board election results:

District 1

• J.B. Chapman — 2,007 votes, or 72.12 percent

District 3

• Tony St. John — 1,309 votes, or 52.46 percent

• Debbie Belleville — 1,186 votes, or 47.54 percent

District 5

• Sherry St. Louis — 1,227 votes, or 55.5 percent

• Ken Wergin — 984 votes, or 44.5 percent

Two newcomers secured positions on the Moffat County School Board, and the sole incumbent in the race won a second term, according to unofficial results from Tuesday’s election.

Sherry St. Louis secured 1,227 votes, or 55.5 percent of the total vote, in the race for the District 5 seat.

“I’d like to thank the community of Craig for the support and I look forward to bringing a voice for the kids, schools and teachers,” she said. “I look forward to learning and being a positive part of the process.”

Her opponent, Ken Wergin, received 984 votes, or 44.5 percent.

“I wish (St. Louis) well,” Wergin said. “I wish I had heard some of her thoughts” during the race.

St. Louis did not attend a school board

candidate forum hosted by the Moffat County Education Association in October.

In the race for the District 3 seat, incumbent Tony St. John secured a second term, garnering 1,309 votes, or 52.46 percent.

“The first four years were kind of a learning process for me,” he said. “What I’m hoping for in my second term is to do the best I can for education, for our teachers, for our staff, and just be there to do the best I can.”

Debbie Belleville, the other contender for the District 3 seat, came in with 47.54 percent of the votes, or 1,186 votes.

She said she plans to still stay involved with the school board and local education.

“I intend to be at all the school board meetings and in the classroom, both as a volunteer and a substitute teacher, so I still feel I can help make a difference even if I’m not on the board,” Belleville said.

J.B. Chapman, who ran uncontested for the District 1 position, garnered 2,007 votes, or 72.12 percent.

“It’s going to be quite the challenge,” Chapman said of his upcoming service on the board as he waited for results Tuesday night at the Moffat County Courthouse. “It’s going to be a full-time task, getting ready to serve.”

Board member Christine Balderston also was at the courthouse briefly as the votes were being tallied.

“I feel really blessed that I got in when I did,” she said. “I had a great group to work with and I’m going to really miss them.”

The current board has made strides in providing for Moffat County students, she said.

“I think that’s real positive and I’m hoping that we can continue that with our new board members,” Balderston said.

The District 7 seat remains unclaimed since no candidates stepped forward to fill the position. The school board will formally announce the vacancy and appoint a member to fill the empty seat.

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