Hayden A current School Board member, a former School Board member and a newcomer with plenty of experience in education will take their place on the Hayden School Board after an election on Tuesday that was both predictable and unpredictable.
Brian Hoza won the four-way District 5 race with 209 votes, followed by Kathy Hockett with 105, Melvin Richardson with 70 and Andrea Hayden with 47.
Hoza, the assistant dean of Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus, brings 18 years of experience in higher education to the table.
Throughout his campaign, he advocated the importance of challenging children of all backgrounds and abilities with opportunities to succeed.
"It's important that the board satisfy all niches of students in their variety of goals and interests," Hoza said.
He said he looked forward to tackling new issues and supporting efforts already in place and working with the other District 5 candidates to make that possible.
"I ran with some great people who I'm sure will continue to be an amazing asset to this town," Hoza said.
The other candidates applauded Hoza's win while committing to continue their own involvement in the community.
Hockett said the number of qualified candidates proved civic duty was alive and well in Hayden.
"I've gotten to know all the candidates, and everyone is so concerned," she said. "I'm honored to have run with them all."
The number of candidates who sought a single seat demonstrated the town's strong commitment to its children, Hayden said.
"Having so many people out for the same seat was an excellent show of support and concern that our citizens do have for our school district," Hayden said.
Richardson earlier agreed that support can come not only from those on the School Board, but from the community as well.
Kurt Frentress returns to his District 3 seat, and Patty Bruchez, who formerly served on the Hayden School Board for two years, assumes former School Board President Kathy Hockin's District 1 seat.
Both candidates ran unopposed.
Hoza, Frentress and Bruchez will join board members Jodi Camilletti and Troy Wertenberger tonight at 6 p.m. at the School Board meeting.
Bruchez said she was excited that old and new board members alike would waste no time getting down to business.
"I've got kids in the schools now, and I'm very excited to get going for them and for me," Bruchez said.
Now in his fifth year on the School Board, Frentress said he welcomed the fresh insight Bruchez and Hoza would bring to the board.
"She (Bruchez) won't miss a beat, and the newly elected board member will certainly round out a great group of people," Frentress said.
"There's great things ahead for this board."