The College of Western Idaho has a five-seat Board of Trustees — and two seats were up for election this year.
With all precincts reporting Wednesday from Ada and Canyon counties, Molly Lenty won in Zone 2 with 38 percent of the vote, compared with 37.7 percent for Erin Sorenson and 24.3 percent for Shane Ostermeier.
Annie Pelletier Hightower ran unopposed in Zone 4.
Trustee Zone 2
Trustees must live in the zone they seek to represent, but the entire district votes on all the seats. Zone 2 includes Eagle, Northwest Boise and Garden City.
Lenty, 39, is a vice president and community relations manager at Wells Fargo Bank. She has been active in Nampa-area educational efforts, including levy and bond campaigns for the Nampa School District and membership on the board of the CWI Foundation.
In the Statesman voter guide, Lenty said she wants to make the enrollment process easier for students, create a “student-centered campus” and find new ways to connect students and employers.
Trustee Zone 4
Attorney Annie Pelletier Hightower, 38, ran uncontested for the Zone 4 seat (West Boise and Meridian). Pelletier graduated from Gonzaga School of Law in 2007.
She works at the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence as director of law and policy and is the former Title IX director at Boise State University. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in public policy and administration at Boise State.
Pelletier Hightower said she would focus on finding ways to keep tuition and fees affordable, ensure the CWI community is included in local decision-making and expand facilities to meet students’ needs, she said in the voter guide.
CWI trustees serve four-year terms.