Incumbent Wins Full Term With Election

School Board Chairman Paula Lewis defeated Board Member  Charles  Henry during Tuesday’s runoff election.

Also, voter elected two new school board members.

Chairman Lewis was vying for election for a full term and Board Member Henry was trying to unseat her.

The school board member, a lawyer, had become somewhat controversial when he sued the board over the renaming of the Northeast Academy of Health Sciences & Architecture, which was to be replaced by Classen School of Arts & Sciences.

The school is now called the Classen School at Northeast.

Chairman Lewis trailed Member Henry by a small margin during a primary election, which was, some believe, because another former school board member was in the race, forcing the chairman and the board member in a runoff.

On Tuesday, Chairman Lewis defeated Member Henry with 51.9 percent (4,576 votes) of the tally to his 48.1 percent (4,234) votes).

Voters also chose two board members.

For the District 1 seat, Carole Thompson, a retired school administrator, won 58.9 percent (1.168 votes) of the tally to roundly defeat Brett Lee Hayes, who garnered 41.1 percent (816 votes).

In the District 2 race, Lori Bowman defeated James McHenry.

She polled 1,869 votes (75.4 percent) to obliterate her opponent with 609 votes (24.6 percent).

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