Bates re-elected to School Board; hand count in District 4

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November 7, 2012 by Sarah M

//By Dylan Thomas//

The School Board’s most veteran member, Carla Bates, handily won re-election to a second term, taking almost three-quarters of the unofficial vote total in the citywide race on Election Day.

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Carla Bates

Due to technical printing errors affecting ballots in another School Board race, it wasn’t clear this morning just who would be joining her and two unopposed candidates, Tracine Asberry and Kim Ellison, on the board in January. An ongoing hand count of the affected ballots left a neck-and-neck race between Patty Wycoff and Josh Reimnitz for the District 4 seat up in the air as of the morning of Nov. 7.

City and county election officials planned to count by hand ballots cast in three precincts: 10-1 and 10-2, which together comprise the entire Wedge neighborhood, and 10-8, the southwest quarter of Whittier. All three precincts are located in the School Board’s District 4, where Josh Reimnitz held a narrow lead of 10,409 votes (50.97 percent) to Patty Wycoff’s 9,836 votes (48.16 percent) the morning after Election Day.

The ballot errors meant there remained uncounted votes in the citywide race between Bates and challenger Doug Mann, but the results could not reverse the lopsided outcome that had Bates winning 87,661 votes (72.92 percent) to Mann’s 30,568 votes (25.43 percent).

Asberry and Ellison, unopposed in Southwest’s District 6 and the North Side’s District 2, respectively, each took more than 97 percent of the vote in the unofficial tally.

Check back later today for updated School Board election results.

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