Voters choose new Summit school board members |

Voters choose new Summit school board members

The five candidates running for election to the Summit School District Board of Education discussed their backgrounds and some challenges in local education at a public forum at Summit High School on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015.
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The election for Summit County School District came down to the wire for the five candidates vying for four open seats.

As of press time, the leading vote getter was Sue Wilcox with 2,831 votes or 23.5 percent.

Reached for comment, Wilcox said she was excited and pleased with the results.

“I look forward to working with the new board,” she said. “All of the candidates were fabulous.”

“Summit County should be proud that they had people willing to run for the school board that were so qualified.”Terry CraigSchool Board candidate

Narrowly trailing Wilcox was Cindy Bargell, with 2,784 votes or 23.11 percent. In third place was Lisa Webster, with 2,329 votes or 19.33 percent.

The final seat will likely be won by Terry Craig, with 2,124 votes or 17.63 percent, although Mark Franke was nipping at Craig’s heels with 1,979 votes or 16.43 percent.

Craig hesitated to pronounce victory since the results are so close, but, regardless of the outcome, she said the real winner are the schools.

“Summit County should be proud that they had people willing to run for the school board that were so qualified,” she said. “We have a good school system but we have to keep looking forward.”

Summit School Board president Margaret Carlson said she is looking forward to working with the new board members.

“We’ll miss our outgoing members, Alison, Erin and Dave,” she said. “There is no way to thank them for their contribution to our community over the last several years.”

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