Challenger Terry Gates Jr. displaced longtime incumbent Tom Poorman on the Boggs Township Board of Supervisors.
Running for political office for the first time, Gates, 25, a Republican from Yarnell, won 196 to 159 with 55 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results Tuesday.
Poorman, 53, a lab technician from Runville and the current board chairman, was seeking his fourth six-year term on the Democratic ballot.
“I’m pretty excited,” said Gates, a road worker for the township. “It’s definitely been a goal of mine the past couple of years. I knew I wanted to be a supervisor, and I’ve finally done it.”
Gates said he wants to spend a couple of months with the board learning the ropes before he starts making priorities.
“You can watch a car drive up and down the road, but you don’t know how to drive it until you’re behind the wheel,” he said.
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