There will be new faces on Gardner and Edgerton city councils and on the USD 231 board of education.
Gardner voters retained incumbent council member Todd Winters. Newcomers Lee Moore and Rich Melton also were elected. They will replace Heath Freeman and Tory Roberts. Moore was the highest vote-getter with 723 votes, or 19 percent of ballots cast. He was followed by Winters with 620 votes, or 17 percent, and Melton with 575 votes, or 15 percent of ballots cast. The trio will take the oath of office during an April 20 city council meeting.
Edgerton voters retained incumbents Jody Brown and Clay Longanecker. They also elected Darius Crist, who will replace Frances Cross on the Edgerton City Council. Crist earned the highest number of votes, 102, or 23 percent of ballots cast. Jody Brown received 82 votes or 18 percent, and Longanecker earned 76 votes or 17 percent.
USD 231 voters elected three new school board members – Kristen Schultz, Greg Chapman and Robin Strentz. Incumbents in those seats did not seek re-election. Incumbents Tresa Boden and Mary Nelson also were elected to the board of education. They ran unopposed. Schultz received 1,132 votes or 68 percent of votes cast. Chapman earned 855 votes or 52 percent of votes cast. Strentz received 1,219 votes or 74 percent of ballots cast. The newly-elected school board members will be sworn into office in June.