WARREN – With just 22.2% voter turnout, many communities voted for new school board members, according to incomplete and unofficial Trumbull County election results.
After starting with eight candidates vying for two open seats, the race for the Hubbard School Board turned out to be a close call, with new faces on the final results.
First-time contenders Anna DeJulio Martin won with 21% of the vote, followed by Josh Barr with 20%. The two candidates beat outgoing president and board of directors James “Rocky” Adams, 64, who lost with 13% of the vote and incumbent Martin Franko, who lost with 10%.
Asked about the results, Adams, a member of the board since 2014, made no comment. Adams expressed his pride in having instituted a “proactive” doping testing program for student athletes and partnering with the City of Hubbard to bring a resource officer to schools.
Barr, 47, one of the newly elected board members, is a financial advisor at MassMutual and a former teacher at Southside Academy. During his campaign, he mentioned that his background in the business world inspired him to “Bring real life to schools”. It aims to teach students the importance of a credit score, 401 (k) and loans.
When contacted about his result, Barr said he “Excited and can’t wait to get started. I want to thank the folks at Hubbard. … I am ready to take this and I want to follow through on what I promised.
Other first-time contenders came close to victory tonight, with John B. Jordan at 15%, Brian Baumiller at 9% and Matt Jones at 6%. Louis Angone, who unsuccessfully ran for the board in 2019, also lost with 6% of the vote.
A few of Champion’s school board members staged another round for three open seats, first-time candidate and writing Judith White failed to secure a seat for herself collecting just 3% voices.
The results included a victory for outgoing board chairman David J. Mahan at 35 percent, outgoing board vice chairman James R. Scher at 30 percent and Kelly L. Boyle at 31 percent. .
When asked to comment, Mahan said he was “Very happy with the turnout, with (his) colleagues who were re-elected and we look to continue doing what is right for Champion. “
Five candidates ran for three seats on the Howland Board of Education, two of which were contested by three newcomers.
The election proved there was a need to keep the old one and add a little new: newcomer Wendy Miller led with the most votes with 26%, followed by incumbent Kenneth Jones with 25% and outgoing member Julie Altawil closely with 24%. , according to incomplete and unofficial results from the Trumbull County Electoral Board.
The other two new candidates lost this round, with Lynn Johnson-VanDervort at 13% and Mary Brown at 12%.
When asked about her victory, newcomer Miller said she “I feel fabulous about this and appreciate the support of the Howland community”, and that she is “Excited to serve children and school workers” next term.
Three vacant seats were filled in the race for seven new members with no incumbent competitors for the Lakeview Board of Education.
The seats were taken by Angela Campana with 19% of the vote, Mark Harper with 17% and Danielle Scherer, who failed in 2017, with 18%.
Campana previously said its goal was to see the expansion of extracurricular activities and the creation of advisory boards for “Build a bridge between the community and the school district”.
Those who lost in the race included first-time contenders Paul J. Antonchak Jr. at 8%, Lance R. Grahn at 12%, Jeffrey Jiang at 12% and Taylor Pease at 13%.
The Liberty Board of Education results were the least complex of the lot, with three candidates vying for three places. Newly elected candidates Kara Morgan won with 34% and Shawn M. Crystal with 37%, followed by incumbent David Malone with 29%. Not all candidates were available for comment on Tuesday.