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Voters put Kleeman, Cole on school board

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By TRISTA LUTGRING

Feature Writer

TELL CITY – The second time around did the trick for Tell City-Troy Township school-board candidates Larry Kleeman and Randy Cole. The two garnered the majority of Perry County votes Nov. 6 and will begin serving on the board in 2013, replacing Jerry Hoagland and Larry Bryant.

“I wish to thank the voters who placed their confidence in my election to the Tell City-Troy Township School Board,” Cole said in an e-mail response to the News Wednesday.  “I will come to this job with an open mind and the objectivity necessary to perform all of the functions of a school-board member.”

Cole received the second most votes in the county’s eligible precincts, totaling         2,364. Kleeman took the most ballots with 2,741.

“I am willing and eager to devote the time and energy this community deserves in fulfilling my duties as a member of this board,” Cole added.

Rick “Cocky” May, the third candidate vying for a seat on the board, missed out on a spot with only 2,062 votes. While he said he was disappointed he wasn’t chosen, he expressed good wishes to Cole and Kleeman and said he enjoyed the campaign process.

“The other fellows are friends of mine. I’ve known them both for a very, very long time and I’m sure they’ll do a great job,” he said in a phone call to the News Wednesday.  “I just had to be the guy to come out on the short end of the stick this time.”

May said he appreciated those who voted for him and he enjoyed meeting and speaking with the residents of the county.

 “I was disappointed because I wanted to do this for a while, but there’s always a next time,” he said, adding that he’s “not a quitter” and serving on the school board is something he’s always wanted to do.

“I wish the other two fellows the best of luck and I’ve already told both of them if they ever need anything or need any help, I’ll be glad to do that,” he said.

As of press time Wednesday, Kleeman could not be reached for comment.

Cannelton School Board

William “Bill” Garrett and Corey Faulkenberg will see another term on the Cannelton School Board as the two beat out newcomer Kent Little.

Faulkenberg pulled in the highest number of votes, 264, giving him almost 39 percent of total votes. 

Around 33 percent – 224 votes – of voters cast ballots for Garrett. Little garnered 194, or about 24.5 percent, of votes.