ROSEMEAD — James R. Trainor defeated Robert A. Kehne II Tuesday to win a vacant seat on the Rosemead School District's governing board.
"I've found out I've got a lot of friends," said Trainor, who serves on three Rosemead Parent-Teacher Assn. boards and has been a volunteer baseball and basketball coach at district schools for about 12 years. Trainor manages inventory control of materials for AT & T.
Kehne called himself "a new face for residents" and said he got a late start. But he said he plans to start campaigning immediately for an election in November, when three seats on the board will be at stake. Kehne is vice president of a metal-manufacturing firm and has been a baseball coach with the Rosemead Youth Assn.
Voters favored Trainor, 371 to 175. An additional 14 people voted, but their ballots were not processed because of unspecified problems. A spokeswoman for the county registrar-recorder said the ballots may have been unintentionally damaged, but that the reason will not be learned until the official canvass.