Community members from all across Faulkner County traveled to polling stations to cast their vote during the Tuesday election.
Included in this primary election, were 11 candidates vying for open positions on their respective board of education in schools except Mt. Vernon-Enola School District.
While several ran unopposed, at least four seats had competition including Conway, Guy-Perkins and Vilonia.
Steven Austin took the position 3 seat on Vilonia School Board with a total of 1,296 votes — more than 67 percent — against candidate Steven McMillan who pulled in 627 at nearly 33 percent of the vote.
Firstly, Austin said, he wanted to thank God because without him winning wouldn’t have been possible and secondly, everyone that supported him.
“I’m overwhelmed by the support I have received by the way of encouragement,” he said. “You all have kept me going and I love you all.”
Austin said he wanted to thank his opponent, McMillan, for running a clean campaign and for his contribution and service to the district and wanted to express his “heartfelt thanks,” to the voters for electing him.
“I am honored and humbled that you have placed your trust in me,” he said. “It has been so encouraging to meet so many new people within our wonderful community.”
Austin said the support he felt on Election Day was incredible.
“With [the voters] trust, I will work tirelessly on your behalf to help address challenges and secure lasting and meaningful improvements to our school district,” he said. “There are many tough decisions to be made, and while we may not always see eye to eye, I can promise you this [...] there will not be a single decision without thorough research and fervent prayer. It’s my goal to make Vilonia School District be the best in Arkansas. Anything less is not acceptable.”
Jennifer Cunningham took the Conway At-Large Position 5 seat with a total of 4,813 votes — nearly 64 percent of the vote — against Ron Hill, who brought in 2,763 votes at 36 percent.
Matt Reynolds won the Vilonia School Board At-Large position 5 seat with 976 votes — more than 51 percent — against Randy Sanders who received 937 votes putting him at nearly 49 percent.
For Guy-Perkins Board of Education, James Rooney took the win with 52 votes — 60 percent — against John Hutchcraft who got 34 votes at nearly 40 percent.
These are final, unofficial results for Faulkner County.