CERES -- Three challengers turned out two incumbents Tuesday in the race for three seats on the Ceres Unified School District board of trustees.
Challengers Jim Kinard, Faye Lane and former mayor Eric Ingwerson led the field. Incumbents Diane Sol and Yvette Nunes trailed, with challenger Donald McKim in sixth place.
With 100 percent of the county votes tabulated and 8,303 votes cast, Lane led all candidates with 1,739 votes, or 20.9 percent. Kinard got 1,735 votes, also 20.9 percent. Ingwerson claimed the final seat with 1,449 votes or 17.5 percent.
In fourth place, Sol had 1,221 votes or 14.7 percent. Nunes got 1,080 votes or 13 percent. McKim had 1,055 votes, or 12.7 percent.
The losses by Sol and Nunes repeated a recent trend. In 2005, two of four Ceres board incumbents who supported Superintendent Walt Hanline also suffered setbacks to union-backed candidates.
Kinard, a retired teacher, was elated with his victory. "I feel very good about winning. I'm hoping the people of Ceres know me. I've been here 18 years."
He said his grass roots approach worked. "I walked every precinct but one and Faye Lane hit the bricks, too. I tried to present a positive message."
Kinard also sounded a theme from his campaign that he planned to make his top priority while on the board. "We've been neglecting content areas like science and social studies. Hopefully we can teach reading through those subjects."
Kinard was not surprised that appointed board member Ingwerson also did well with voters. "Eric is so well known in Ceres, as the former mayor."
Lane, a retired secretary, could not be reached for comment on election night.
Ingwerson, 53, said earlier in the campaign that he ran because "I have been involved in the school district my whole life. I went to Ceres schools and my kids went through the schools. I served on committees to pass the high school bond issue in 2002-03 and I just want to stay involved."
Nunes, 55, and Sol, 51, are farmers, and were on the school board that embarked on the building program that brought the district a new high school and five new elementary campuses.
Sol said she had run a hard campaign and had no regrets about losing.
"Jim Kinard has been known here for a very long time," Sol said. "All of the candidates, they are all good people. ... As long as everyone is out there for the kids, that's all that matters."
McKim, 56, also ran for the school board two years ago. He was seeking office "to focus on safety (on campuses) and developing math and science skills in students."
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