School board filings end; 2 districts to have races

When the filing period for local school board positions ended Tuesday, one person had filed for the open seat on the Benton School Board, the incumbent was the only one seeking the seat on the Bryant board, and both the Harmony Grove and Bauxite board incumbents had drawn challengers.

In Bauxite, Frank Torres is seeking another term, but he is being challenged by Ryan Jacks.

In the Harmony Grove district, Andy Kelloms and Jordan Abels are seeking the position Kelloms now holds.
Jackie Sasfai will become the new member on the Benton board since she was the only candidate to file for the open position. The seat currently is held by Brad Bohannan, who did not seek re-election.

In Bryant, Joe Wishard is the only candidate who filed. With that situation, he will continue to serve in the Zone 1 seat he currently holds.

Because there are no challenged races in Benton and Bryant, neither will appear on the election ballot.
None of the districts is seeking a change in millage.

The annual school election is scheduled Sept. 16. If a runoff election had been needed, it would have taken place Oct. 7. However, that will not be necessary since no race drew more than two candidates.

In the unlikely event that a tie should occur in Bauxite or Harmony Grove, the winner would be determined by a coin toss or by drawing straws, Curtis said.

Candidates drew for ballot positions on Wednesday.