HOLTVILLE — Newcomer Joan Thornburg and incumbents Paula Daniels and George Morris claimed three four-year seats on the Holtville Unified School District board.
Thornburg finished with 495 votes, or about 20 percent of the total votes cast. Daniels, a four-year member of the board, received 461 votes, or nearly 19 percent of the votes. Morris, a 10-year board veteran, claimed 422 votes, or slightly more than 17 percent of the total vote.
"I am grateful that I won this," said Thornburg, 61. "It has been time for a change for a while and I think the voters recognized this. I would very much like to see us return to the spot that we used to enjoy, to be the best school district in the Valley, and I would work to see that happen."
Seven people ran for three seats on the board. Among the other first-time candidates, Steve Cato claimed 344 votes, or nearly 14 percent; John J. Hernandez received 183 votes, or 7.4 percent; and Paul James garnered 271 votes, or nearly 11 percent. Incumbent Bill Thornburg Jr. received 297 votes, or 12 percent.