By Brian McGillivary
TRAVERSE CITY -- Kennard Weaver ousted a long-time trustee on the board of Northwestern Michigan College to claim one of two openings.
Incumbent Doug Bishop was the lead vote-getter with 18,345 votes. Challenger Weaver came in second with 15,289 votes, narrowly edging out incumbent Walter Jay Hooper by less than 400 votes. Bishop and Weaver will both serve six-year terms.
Hooper, a former county commissioner and county road commissioner, had served 12 years on the college board.
Bishop credited his stronger lead to people being "generally satisfied and pleased with the way the college is being run."
Weaver, a retired attorney who has attended almost every board meeting for the last four years, has also tried for a trustee position in 2010.
Bishop, a partner at the law firm Bishop & Heintz PC in Traverse City, was appointed to the board in 2006 and elected to a six-year term that same year.