Incumbents returned to school board


There were four seats on the Switzerland County School Board that were up for election on Tuesday, and with three incumbents running for reelection, all eyes were on the vote totals.

At the end of the night, all three incumbents were returned to office; and the fourth member has experience in the school system.

Incumbent Bill Roberts from Cotton Township defeated challenger and former board member Mark Lohide; incumbent Jim Phipps defeated challenger Denise Maxwell in Pleasant Township; and incumbent Wayne Daugherty defeated challenger Ron Otter for the Town of Vevay seat.

In York Township, where Duane Cole chose not to seek reelection, Tonya Moore, a former employee of the school system; defeated candidate Shannon Hoffman in a race of first-time candidates.

All four of the races turned out to be rather lop-sided, as candidates swept all 12 precincts in three of the four races.

In Cotton Township, Bill Roberts won by a tally of 1,712 (53-percent) to 1,526 (47-percent) over Mark Lohide.

Bill Roberts won nine of the county’s 12 precincts: Cotton I, Cotton II, Craig I, Craig II, Jefferson III, Pleasant I, Pleasant II, Posey I, and York.

Mark Lohide won Jefferson I and Jefferson II precincts; and the candidates tied in Posey II precinct.

The other three races saw the winners sweep all 12 precincts.

Jim Phipps defeated Denise Maxwell by a count of 1,881 (62-percent) to 1,142 (38-percent).

Wayne Daugherty defeated Ron Otter by a vote of 1,930 (60-percent) to 1,269 (40-percent).

Tonya Moore won over Shannon Hoffman by a total of 1,808 (64-percent) to 1,017 (36-percent).

All four members will begin four-year terms on January 1st; and will join fellow board members Andy Truitt, Virgil McKay, and Vern Waltz, who are half way through four-year terms.