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HANFORD — Along with City Council races and bond measures, Tuesday’s election included several contested school boards races in Kings County.

In Kings County Board of Education Area 3, incumbent Mike Robinson garnered 2,489 votes (76.2 percent) over challenger Paul Gillum’s 779 votes (23.8 percent), for 3,268 total votes.

For the Kings County Board of Education Area 4, challenger Adam Medeiros won the seat with 3,065 votes (58.5 percent). Incumbent William Gundacker received 2,171 votes (41.5 percent) of the 5,236 total votes.

In District 5 of the College of the Sequoias Board, newcomers John Lehn and Alfred Benavides went head to head. Lehn picked up the most votes with 6,560 votes (65.4 percent) over Benavides’ 3,472 votes (34.6 percent). There were 10,032 overall votes.

Stacie Johnson, Sam Rodriguez and Sharon Pagendarm all vied for District 3 of the Hanford Joint Union High School District Board. Johnson came out on top with 1,070 votes (45.3 percent), while Rodriguez got 662 votes (28.1 percent) and Pagendarm had 628 votes (26.6 percent). There were 2,360 total votes.

For District 4 of the Hanford Elementary School District Board, incumbent Lupe Hernandez garnered 328 votes (54.9 percent) over challenger Paula Massey’s 270 votes (45.1 percent), for 598 total votes.

In District 1 of the Reef-Sunset School District Board, incumbent Claudia Cazares retained the seat with 45 votes (52.9 percent). Challenger Jose Carillo received 40 votes (47.1 percent) of the 85 total votes.

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