Kestner And Koegler Win BOE Races

Ohio County residents chose two new board of education members during Tuesday’s primary election.

The top vote-getters in each of the two magisterial districts were Gary Kestner with 3,620 votes and Sara Koegler with 4,387.

Incumbent Sam Andy, who resides in the same district as Koegler, received 3,620 votes. Meanwhile, Wilson, who resides in Kestner’s district, received 1,789 votes, according to unofficial vote totals.

Current board member Erik Schramm opted not to run for re-election.

Koegler said since it was her first time running and she is not originally from the area, she believed winning was a ”long shot.”

”I’m very excited. … I worked hard for six or seven weeks going door to door, making phone calls and meeting with people,” she said.

Koegler noted she is looking forward to ”learning the ropes.”

”I will be talking more to parents and community members to get a sense of what’s important to them,” she said.

Kestner, who currently is Ohio County Schools’ transportation director, said he felt ”overwhelmed” to win, noting he wanted to thank all of his supporters. He added that he will retire from his position as transportation director June 30.

”The people who have trusted me with their children for 25 years, I asked them to continue trusting me,” Kestner said. ”I will continue working for the children.”