(Marion) -- The leadership on the Marion ISD Board of Trustees will remain unchanged. Voters on Saturday re-elected Kevin "Bubba" Kunde and J.C. Batey to the Marion ISD Board of Trustees. A total of four candidates campaigned for one of two available seats on the school board.
Kunde led the pack with 227 votes. Kunde says he's honored by the vote of confidence and looks forward to getting back to work.
"I'd like to say that I'd really like to express my sincere gratitude to the voters of Marion for their support. I appreciate the voters instilling their faith in my capabilities for another term. I will strive to continue our community's vision for the district," said Kunde.
Batey also secured his seat with 184 votes. Batey, who had been appointed to a one year term following the resignation of former trustee Marie Paiz, says his experience over the last year inspired him to run for a full term. He says he's excited and eager to continue the district in the right direction.
"First of all, I just want to say thank you to my family. I couldn't do it without them and the continued community support. I think the community believes in the positive direction in which we're moving. I think they're excited to see what's going on. We really don't have any conflicts right now except we've got a lot of dirt and a lot of rain out there right now. I'm just excited. I'm excited to move forward with this new school board. We've got a lot of growth coming to our small little area. That's going to be extremely exciting to see how we handle the new growth," said Batey.
Falling short during Saturday's election were Troy Arambula and Mary Schmidt. Arambula finished third with 102 votes, while Schmidt rounded out the field with 54 votes.