The Elgin School Board will soon have a new yet familiar face.

Rod Spikes, a lifelong Elgin resident, defeated Kevin Smolkowski 269 to 134 in a race for Position 4 on the Elgin School Board Tuesday in a mail election.

“I want to serve the community and make a difference,” Spikes said.

Spikes has strong ties to the Elgin School District but will be serving on its board for the first time. His wife, Evelyn, taught English in the Elgin School District for 26 years before retiring about 16 years ago. They have two sons, both Elgin High School graduates.

Rod Spikes is no stranger to public service, for he previously served as a member of the Elgin School District Budget Committee for four years, was mayor of Elgin for two years in the early 1990s, and was a volunteer firefighter for the Elgin Fire Department for 20 years.

Before retiring, Spikes worked for Boise Cascade for 44 years in a variety of capacities.

Position 4, which is open to those living within the Elgin city limits, was the only contested school board race in Union County in Tuesday’s election.

Shelley Burgess, the Position 4 incumbent, did not file for re-election. Burgess has served on the board for at least 10 years.

Smolkowski is a current member of the school board as the Position 2 incumbent. Position 2 is for those living outside the Elgin City limits but within the school district. Smolkowski could not run for re-election to Position 2 because he is in the process of moving into the city.

See complete story in Wednesday's Observer