Challenger Beats Incumbent In Bentonville School Board Election

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The Bentonville School Board has a new member, after challenger Matt Burgess defeated incumbent Rudy Upshaw in the school board’s only spot up for a vote in Tuesday’s election.

Burgess beat Upshaw by a vote of 760 (57 percent) to 577 (43 percent), according to the Benton County Election Commission.

Burgess was beating Upshaw from the beginning of Tuesday night’s counting, as he held a 55 percent to 45 percent lead after early and absentee votes were counted.