Whitehall race

Armes, Knoblauch, Wood win school board seats

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Whitehall voters returned two incumbents and added one new member in a five-candidate field for three Whitehall Board of Education seats.

Voters chose Walter Armes, Leo Knoblauch and Blythe Wood at the polls Nov. 5.

According to unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Education, and with all of the city’s 11 precincts reporting, incumbent Walter Armes led.

Armes, who has served on the board all but two years since 1990, received 697 votes, or 22.9 percent.

Leo Knoblauch was runner-up. The current Whitehall councilman whose term expires Dec. 31 received 671 votes, or 22 percent.

Incumbent board member Blythe Wood received 647 votes, or 21.3 percent, and earned the third and final spot.

Wood has been a board member since 2006.

Darryl Hammock, who was appointed earlier this year to fill an un-expired term, was unable to keep the seat. Hammock received 569 votes, or 18.7 percent.

Lorna Russell received 457 votes, or 15 percent.

Joy Bivens was unopposed for the unexpired term of Ronda Howard, who resigned earlier this year.

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