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Votes tallied, new WCC Board Directors announced

The voting period is over. The results are final.

Four new members have been elected to the board of directors of the Wharton Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture.

Elected are: Kari Lutringer, an attorney with Wadler, Perches, Kerlick and Hundl; Miguel Santes, owner of the Cutting Edge Barbershop; Jacob Roberson, Roberson Air Conditioning; and Barbara Fortenberry, assistant executive director of Just Do It Now. 

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Retiring from the board are Traci Knight, administrator of the OakBend Medical Center’s Wharton Hospital Campus; and Laura Reyna, Wharton County 4-H and Youth Development Extension Agent with Texas A&M AgriLife. 
New directors will begin serving three-year terms on Oct. 1.

Santes was appointed to the board earlier this year to fulfill an unexpired term and was eligible for a full, three-year term.

Ballots were mailed to all members. The deadline was noon Thursday,  Sept. 9. A ballot board tallied the ballots and certified the results shortly after noon.

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Carry-over chamber directors are Richard Lockley of Wharton Feed & Supply, Debra Evans of the First State Bank, Lacy Border of Flowers It Is, Debbie Folks of Wied Realty, Sandra Kachmar of Mid-Coast Title Co., Kristi Kocian of Custom Creations, and Steve Wisnieski of My Storehouse Mini Storage.

Board chair is Chad Faucett of Edward Jones investments; vice chair is David Tripulas DDS; and treasurer is Bill Wallace, editor and publisher of the Wharton Journal-Spectator.

Ronald K. Sandershttps://www.whartonchamber.com
As a former managing editor (and talented drummer!), Ron's beat is promoting commerce and building relationships within Wharton. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Wharton Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture.

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