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Only one BOE incumbent keeps seat

KINGWOOD — A dozen candidates vied for three spots on the Preston County Board of Education with Cross Kisner, Lucas Tatham and Jeff Zigray coming out on top.

The Primary Election determines the final winners as the BOE is non-partisan and candidates do not move onto November’s General Election.

Kisner, Tatham and Zigray received 2,354, 1,809, and 1,640 votes.

There was one board seat open for each of the county’s three magisterial districts. As such, it was possible for a candidate with a lower vote total than an opponent to win a seat. Kisner will represent District 1, Zigray District 2 and Tatham District 3.

That did happen in this election. Zigray was fourth in total votes but received the most votes of any candidate in District 2. Kisner and Tatham were first and second in total votes.

The contested seats in Tuesday’s primary are held by BOE members Jack Keim, Jeanne Dreisbach and Zigray. Keim and Dreisbach’s terms will expire June 30.

All vote totals are unofficial until the canvass.

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