Krum voters selected Sue Real and Scott Edwards, both incumbents, for their school board seats during Saturday’s local elections.
Just more than 13% of registered voters cast a ballot for at least one of the four candidates, which amounts to one of the highest participation rates in the county.
Unlike many other school districts where candidates run for a particular seat, four candidates ran for two vacancies on the Krum board, and the two candidates with the most votes won a seat.
Challenger Stephanie Powell became much more active in school board affairs during the early stages of debates surrounding Bernard Lightfoot, a previous assistant principal at Krum High School.
Some people, including Powell, believe Lightfoot was likely pushed into a voluntary resignation due to his alleged whistleblowing concerning district grading policies.
Despite her early lead over Real, challenger Powell fell 26 votes short a spot on the board.
“I was a little concerned when I saw the early voting results,” Real said. “I would like to thank everybody that took the time to come and vote.”
She also thanked the other three candidates for a tough but well-run race.
By the time all votes were counted, Real had 232 votes, Edwards had 231, Powell had 206 and Dave Scheffer had 95.
All candidates were contacted for comment following the posting of final election results.
Pilot Point ISD fell just shy of Krum’s participation rate as newcomer David Alan Strittmatter raked in 276 votes to incumbent Pat Burns’ 253 for the Place 3 post.
Voters in Argyle decided to send incumbent Jeff Williams back to the board for his second term. Williams’ 663 votes overcame Tom Irwin’s 473 to secure his Place 7 spot.
In addition to selecting a board member, Lake Dallas voters were also charged with the fate of a $105 million bond proposal.
With one of the lowest countywide early voting participation rates, voters selected incumbent Courtney Tankersley over challenger Jesse Wenger with 421 to 314 votes, respectively.
The bond proposal, Proposition A, also passed with 554 votes for and 265 votes against.
Bond money is slotted for security improvements, renovations, the construction of a new athletics facility and more without an anticipated bump in taxes, according to the district’s website.
A projected increase in property tax revenue is hoped to cover all bond expenses. For more information about bond package, visit lakedallasisdbonds.com.
Five candidates competed in Sanger for one vacancy, and Lisa Cody came out on top with 172 of the 516 total votes: exactly one-third.
Despite no single candidate having a majority of votes, Cody said the election will not go to a runoff. Her closest competition came from Mitch Hammonds with 131 votes.
Hammonds was followed by Brandon Knight with 117 votes, Guy Saenz with 63 and Briony Houchin with 33.