Two incumbents and a newcomer to the Lee’s Summit R-7 School Board of Education were the leading vote-getters in a four-person race for three three-year seats on the board April 8.
Incumbent Terri Harmon led the field with 4,181 (29.6 percent) votes out of a total of 14,125 votes tallied in 48 precincts in Jackson County and two in Cass County.
Newcomer Bill Baird nipped closely at Harmon’s heels, tallying 3,973 (28.1 percent) votes to earn his fist seat on the school board.
Fellow incumbent Chris Storms followed with 3,486 (24.6 percent) votes to earn the final board seat and Mark Ousnamer, another newcomer to the school board race, rounded out the field with 2,358 (16.6 percent) votes.
Harmon and Storms were both elected to the school board in 2011 and Baird recently finished his second stint as co-chair for the annual Taste of Lee’s Summit gala, an annual fundraiser for the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation.