Ronald Evans won the five-way race in the Milford board seat contest this evening. Unofficial vote results give Evans 292, Michael McKain 124, Jason Miller 96, and Michael Firch 79 votes. Congrats to Ronald Evans! This was the board seat race with the most contestants in the state. I imagine there were a ton of signs in the district the past few weeks. I eagerly await to see what happens with Evans on the board down in Milford!
Unofficial results for Christina are in. Meredith Griffin won 828 votes in District G. Contenders Jeff Day got 369 votes and Kimara Smith had 170. In District B, Angela Mitchell narrowly won in a tight race between herself and candidate Justin Day. Mitchell had 480 votes to Justin Day’s 457. Monica Moriak had 232 votes and Karen Sobotker had 72 votes in the District B race. Congratulations to Griffin and Mitchell!
With modest voter turnout, Ashley Sabo defeated Henry Clampitt and Thomas Pappenhagen for the District C Board Seat. Unofficial results gave Sabo 1,142 votes, Clampitt 833 votes, and Pappenhagen 152 votes. I got to hang out at a couple of schools tonight and saw both Sabo and Clampitt. They were both greeting the candidates. More districts will be announced shortly.
The “Shared Sacrifice” proposed by Delaware Governor John Carney is now going to result in massive layoffs in Delaware school districts. Christina School District just made public a recommendation from their Chief Financial Officer to cut 77 teachers and increase classroom sizes within their district. This is in response to Governor Carney’s god-awful and horrible budget proposal. You know, the one that shifts the blame from the state and on to local school boards to increase taxes. The one where the Richey Rich crowd of Delaware pay a little bit more in taxes but so does everyone. The one where the low-income and middle class get screwed. The one where students will suffer because our state government can’t ever seem to figure out what is best for kids.
Say the General Assembly doesn’t pass the budget with Carney’s proposed budget. The district still has to let teachers know their hiring decisions this month. So even if Carney’s budget doesn’t pass, the district could still lose those teachers as they would be forced to look elsewhere for employment next year. But it will be tougher because most of the districts will be going through this. I imagine even the charters will feel the bite of this as well. Not a good time in Delaware these days. Welcome to Christina School District Richard Gregg!
It is illegal to steal or vandalize campaign signs. Despite that, people are still doing it. So far, Ashley Sabo in Red Clay and Jeff Day in Christina have reported signs are missing at polling stations. If you are a candidate or volunteering for a candidate, please comment on this thread. I will need to know which polling location or school and approximately how many signs are missing. I will be doing a full-scale investigation into this. Ask the schools if they have outdoor cameras and ask to see the footage for the past week. Also ask the school if they moved them for any reason: lawn work, too close to a flag pole, etc. Thank you!
Updated, 11:14am: Austin Auen of Lake Forest is reporting some of his signs are missing at some schools.
Thank you to Delaware United for getting this out there on Facebook. Polling stations open at 10am and will close at 8pm. Get out and vote early if you can. I would love to see a massive increase in voter turnout for our local school board elections. It is far too important, especially this year! School board members are overlooked by many but their importance is huge to our communities!
Red Clay: A.I. DuPont H.S., Baltz E.S., Brandywine Springs, Cab Calloway, Conrad, Dickinson H.S., Forest Oak E.S., H.B. DuPont M.S., Highlands E.S., Hilltop Lutheran Community Center, Lewis E.S., Linden Hill E.S., Marbrook E.S., McKean H.S., North Star E.S., Stanton M.S., Warner E.S.
Christina: Bancroft E.S., Bayard M.S., Brookside E.S., Christiana H.S., Downes E.S., Elbert-Palmer E.S., Gallaher E.S., Glasgow E.S., Jones E.S., Keene E.S., Maclary E.S., Marshall E.S., McVey E.S., Newark H.S., Oberle E.S., Quaker Hill Place Apartments, Shue-Medill M.S., Wilson E.S.
Brandywine: Brandywine H.S., Carrcroft E.S., Claymont E.S., Concord H.S., Crestview Apartments, Forwood E.S., Hanby E.S., Lombardy E.S., Maple Lane E.S., Mt. Pleasant H.S., P.S. DuPont M.S., Talley M.S.
Appoquinimink: Alfred G. Waters M.S., Bunker Hill E.S., Everett Meredith M.S., Marion Profitt Training Center, Middletown H.S., Old State E.S., Olive B. Loss E.S., Townsend Early Childhood Center
Smyrna: Kenton Ruritan Club, Smyrna E.S., Smyrna M.S.
Capital: East Dover E.S., Hartly E.S., William Henry M.S.
Caesar Rodney: Allen Frear E.S., W. Reilly Brown E.S., W.B. Simpson E.S.
Lake Forest: Lake Forest East E.S., Lake Forest North E.S., Lake Forest South E.S., Lake Forest H.S.
Milford: Benjamin Banneker E.S., Evelyn Morris Early Childhood Center, Lulu Ross E.S., Milford H.S.
Seaford: Seaford H.S.
Woodbridge: Woodbridge M.S., Woodbridge Early Childhood Education Center
*Note: Colonial and Cape Henlopen have no election due to only one candidate filing. Laurel and Indian River have no seat up for election this year.