By Christina Calloway
PNT senior writer
Floyd schools Superintendent Paul Benoit beat out local business owner Lori Bohm for the Roosevelt General Hospital Board’s District 5 seat by only six votes in Tuesday’s election.
A total of 56 people voted, 31 of those votes cast were for Benoit, in a district with nearly 2,000 voters.
“I’m pretty excited about it,” said Benoit Tuesday night as he traveled back from a Floyd volleyball match in Jal.
Benoit, 49, will replace board member Lonnie Alexander, who is finishing his five-year term on the board. Benoit’s term will begin in January. The position is unpaid.
“I think he’ll do a great job,” said Benoit’s opponent Bohm. “It is a volunteer position. It’s a way of serving the community. I think no matter what, he’ll do a good job.”
Benoit said he looks forward to learning the ropes and plans on sitting on the rest of this year’s meetings to get acquainted with the board’s meeting structure and procedures.
Benoit said he’d like to continue making sure the hospital is financially sound and is interested in expanding the hospital’s services such as possibly adding OB-GYN services to attract younger families to the community so that the community can grow.
“I’m looking forward to the next phase of service in my life and see what it holds for me,” Benoit said.