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For the week of May 16 through May 22, 2001

Pruett wins close school election

"Well, itís a little overwhelming right now. Iím just looking forward to getting started in my new role."

Kathy Pruett, Election winner

Express Staff Writer

Receiving 135 votes, Hailey resident Kathy Pruett was elected Tuesday to a seat on the Blaine County School District Board of Trustees. She beat challenger Mark Gasenica, who received 119 votes.

A bank of volunteers guides Erin Resko, daughter of Wood River High School principal Bill Resko, through the voting process Tuesday. Express photo by Willy Cook

Pruett celebrated with her family and friends at her home after polls closed at 8 p.m. In a telephone call, she said, "Well, itís a little overwhelming right now. Iím just looking forward to getting started in my new role."

School board clerk Cathy Zaccardi said there were a total of 255 ballots cast, with Pruett getting 53 percent and Gasenica getting 47 percent. One ballot was spoiled when a voter wrote in "Tom Hansen," who was not registered as a write-in candidate. Nine absentee ballots were cast.

Kathy Pruett

"Quite surprising and pleasingly enough, people turned out to vote," Zaccardi said. Most elections have less than 100 ballots cast. Zaccardi attributed the increase to the candidatesí strong campaigning.

"We were really trying to get the vote out," said Gasenica from his campaign headquarters at a friendís house, where he said he and others had made about 75 campaign calls on Tuesday. Even though he lost, "Weíre doing pretty okay. It was actually a fun evening."

Mark Gasenica


Pruett and Gasenica were vying for a seat zone 3, covering the north side of Hailey and a portion of the county. Incumbent Janet Askew vacates the seat in July.

In zone 1, in the southern part of the county, the unchallenged incumbent Howard Royal was officially confirmed to another three-year term on May 11. There are five seats on the board.


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