Spencer chosen in South Central Cal

Nick Spencer

Nick Spencer defeated Chris Green for the open at-large seat in South Central Calhoun Tuesday night.

Spencer won 168 votes to Green’s 145 votes, or 54 to 46 percent.

Spencer said he wants to give back to the school system where he grew up.

“I decided to run because I’m a beneficiary of education in this school district, and felt like I wanted to be a part of continuing it,” Spencer said.

As a newcomer to this sort of office, Spencer didn’t have any big goals.

“I haven’t sat on a board of this caliber before. Inexperience can lead to bravado that is unfounded,” Spencer said. “I want to serve the people of our community and to do so in an honest manner. However that works out.”

Spencer graduated from Lake City back when it was the Southern Calhoun school district in 1999. He now lives in Rockwell City.

Spencer carried the Rockwell City precinct with 96 votes and got 64 votes in Lake City, while Green, of Lake City, won his hometown with 102 votes but only won 34 from Rockwell City.

“He’ll be good at it. Me and Nick went to school together,” Green said. “He graduated from Southern Cal too.”

Five members total were elected Tuesday night, the other four running unopposed.

According to Carol Collins, board secretary and business manager for SCC, two board members resigned earlier this year; one because they moved out of the district and the other because they were no longer able to keep their commitment to the school board.

The board appointed two interim school board members to serve until the next election.

Those board members, Kari Musselman and Darci Lightner, were elected with 270 and 287 votes respectively in districts 1 and 2.

Jason Hawkins was elected with 246 votes to complete the unfinished term in District 1.

Board member Judy Hungate got 265 votes to complete the unfinished term in District 2.