One incumbent on the Phelps County Emergency Services Board (PCESB) retained his seat in Tuesday’s election but another incumbent was unseated by a challenger.
Incumbent board member Stephen Zap will remain on the board after raking in 561 votes, or 36.55 percent, in the general municipal election.
Randy Barr will take incumbent T.A. “Stoney” Byrne’s seat. Barr received 515 votes, or 33.55 percent, while 422 votes were cast for Byrne. Byrne’s vote total represents 27.49 percent.
“It makes a person feel good. It’s humbling to know people care enough to mark your name,” said Zap after the election results were in. “I hope to support what we’re doing and look forward (to continue) serving on the board. The dynamics of the board are going to change.”
Barr said, “I want to thank everyone for their votes and do the best we can (as a board).” Barr said he was involved when the county changed addresses for emergency 911 services and said that along with his other experience with law enforcement and communications will help him serve on the board.
Barr listed some of his goals as finishing work on a new computer-aided dispatch and records management system and “getting online with new digital radios.”
When Byrne was contacted, he wished Zap and Barr “good luck” and said, “I hope they keep the progress going.”
In addition to the votes cast for Barr, Byrne and Zap, there were also 37 write-in votes in this race.
All candidates were in a three-way race for two seats on the board in District Two.
There were four seats up for grabs on the PCESB. Two of the candidates elected have to live in District One of Phelps County and the other two candidates must live in District Two.
No candidates filed for the two open seats in District One. Carl Collet and Pam Grow held those seats but did not file for re-election.
The new members in District One were chosen by write-in votes. The write-in totals were not available by press time Tuesday evening. There were a total of 507 write-in votes in District One Tuesday.
Candidates who win a majority of the votes in the District One races have the option to decline accepting the position if they want to, according to County Clerk Carol Bennett.
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The members elected to the PCESB Tuesday will each serve a four-year term.