Mandan voters chose Lori Furaus, Tim Rector and Lorraine Davis to fill the three open school board seats in an low turnout election Tuesday.
Board members are elected for three-year terms. Furaus and Davis will join Rector — the current board president and only incumbent candidate — and current members Donna Fishbeck, Leland Fleischer, Jay Volk, Tim Tausend, Jill LaMont-Goetz and Sheldon Wolf on the board July 1.
A total of 220 voted. Furaus led with 183 votes. Rector took 160, Davis 138 and Wendy Egli, the fourth candidate, had 106.
Aside from Rector’s seat, the other two seats being vacated were held by Karen Johner, who was first elected to the board in 2009, and Kirsten Baesler, who was first elected in 2007. Baesler was elected to be the state superintendent of public instruction in November.
“Well, I’m pleased that people thought I was doing a good enough job to re-elect me,” Rector said. “And I’m excited to start working with Lorraine and Lori.”
Rector is a veterinarian with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He has two children who go to school in Mandan.
Davis was also pleased by the results.
“I’m just, I’m very excited,” Davis said. “I’m ready to get started.”
Davis, who is working to become a certified public accountant in order to open her own business, has two children in school as well as two others — one grown and a new baby.
Furaus was not available for comment Tuesday night. She works for Kary-Ressler-Ressler Insurance Agency and recently enrolled in the University of Mary. She has a daughter attending elementary school in Mandan.
As the candidate with the fewest votes, Egli was disappointed.
“I’m disappointed that there wasn’t a better turnout. That’s about it,” she said.
Egli is an accountant for Fronteer Payroll Services and has three children in the Mandan school system.
All candidates identified Mandan’s growing population and expansion as one of the major priorities for the board in the coming years.
The district is on schedule to open a new school, Red Trail Elementary School in northwest Mandan, for the 2014-15 school year.
The candidates also identified attracting and keeping highly qualified educators and staff as an important issue the board will have to address.