New candidate elected to Springfield City school board, incumbent out

  • Parker Perry
  • Staff Writer
6:08 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 Local
Springfield High School students change class Wednesday. Bill Lackey/Staff

Political newcomer Carol Dunlap was the leading vote-getting Tuesday and won a seat on the Springfield City School District board of education.

Dunlap finished with 39 percent of the vote, according to final, unofficial results from the Clark County Board of Elections.

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Incumbent Anita Biles took the second seat on the board with 32 percent of the vote. Incumbent Wanda Truss lost her seat Tuesday with 30 percent of the vote, according to the board of elections.

“I am really overwhelmed and excited,” Dunlap said. “I just feel the confidence from the community is a positive that I am looking forward to taking with me in my new role.”

Dunlap, a former principal at Springfield High School, said being an educator will help her as a board member.

“I’ve been through all levels of education and I can take that to the table,” she said. “I really understand the importance of keeping kids first.”

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Biles said she’s excited to continue on the board.

“I look forward to being on the board for four more years and working with Carol (Dunlap),” Biles said.

The results were disappointing, Truss said. She declined further comment.

Biles said it’s impossible to know how the electorate will vote, adding that she and Truss decided to run again because they wanted to do what is best for the community.

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Springfield school board members oversee the largest school district in Clark and Champaign counties with a more than $139 million annual budget, about 1,000 employees and more than 7,700 students.

Several other districts in Clark and Champaign counties also elected new school board members Tuesday.

For Northeastern, newcomer Jeff Yinger was the leading vote-getter with 28 percent of the vote, according to final, unofficial results.

“It feels pretty good,” he said. “I am happy to get elected, I am a little surprised that I am the leading vote-getter. I hope to live up to their expectations.”

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John Crankshaw and Steve Schwitzgable were also elected to the Northeastern Board.

For Greenon, incumbent Keith Culp was the leading vote-getter with 23 percent of the vote. Newcomers Deena Hardy and Stacey Hundley also won seats on the Greenon Board of Education.

Nine people competed for three Urbana Board of Education spots. Simon Kenton Principal Amy Paul and incumbents Darrell Thomas and Tim Lacy were elected. Also, Sarah Finch won an unexpired term left open after a longtime member died earlier this year and will be on the board for the next two years.

In Mechanicsburg, Brian Forrest was the leading vote-getter with 20 percent of the vote. Mary Reiser and Scott Delong also won seats.

For West Liberty-Salem, Chuck Buck was the leading vote-getter, David Cline came in second and Tim Lamb came in third.

Julie Cole, the mother of West-Liberty Salem High School shooting victim Logan Cole, ran as a write-in candidate and came up about 70 votes short of winning a seat.

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