Whittell mom wins school board seat
Cindy Trigg, parent of a Whittell High School graduate, edged her opponent for the open Douglas County School District Board of Trustees Area 3 seat based on 92 percent of the total vote as of press time.
Trigg was ahead of Lawrence Howell throughout the night as election results pored in from the county. Trigg, a senior flight attendant for American Airlines, was watching the results by television at the Carson Valley Inn.
As of press time, Trigg had 54 percent of the vote to Howell’s 46 percent, which equated to a difference of about 1,600 votes.
“I think I had a little bit more exposure,” Trigg said. “I think I had more public endorsements. I still feel both of us were very good candidates, extremely good candidates.”
When she arrives on the board, Trigg will likely be joined by fellow newcomers Terry Jamin and Loren Orr, who represent Carson Valley and were ushered in by a majority of voters Tuesday.
Howell, the executive director for Rite of Passage, an organization for 900 at-risk youths, won the September primary with 48 percent of the vote.
The November election appeared to be not as kind to the 38-year-old who was at his house on Kingsbury Grade on Tuesday night. Howell kept hope at 10:30 p.m., when he was down by roughly 1,000 votes. By that time ballots from 14 precincts had yet to be counted.
“If she comes out on top I wish her the best,” he said of Trigg. “I think Douglas County will be well served by either candidate.”
Howell said he was going to stay up throughout the night until all the votes were counted.
The board is not facing any major challenges like it’s California neighbor, Lake Tahoe Unified School District, which is marred in financial difficulty by declining enrollment.
And although the three lake schools experienced a decrease in the amount of students over the years, the residential boom in Carson Valley has buoyed the district’s enrollment.
Both Trigg and Howell said declining enrollment at the lake was an important issue and needed to be monitored.
George Echan decided not to run for another four-year term to add to the six years he held the seat. The Zephyr Cove attorney has said he wanted to give others a chance to serve.