Incumbents fare well in low-turnout Delaware and West Virginia school board races

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May 14, 2014

By Kayla McCann

School board elections across Delaware and West Virginia resulted in most incumbents retaining their positions. A total of 23 incumbents won re-election to their respective seats across the two states, as well as 10 newcomers winning seats. In Delaware, incumbents swept all six open board positions. Only 1,699 citizens cast ballots in the five Delaware districts, which educated a combined total of 61,999 students during the 2011-2012 school year. That's a ratio of more than 36 students per voter.

In West Virginia, 17 incumbents retained their seats across nine school districts. Harrison County Schools is the only district to see complete turnover, with newcomers Michael Daugherty, Kristin Messenger and Frank Devono Jr. defeating incumbents David M. Sturm and Allen Gorrell.[1] Wood County Schools will have some new faces on the board, as well. Incumbent Lawrence Hasbargen, as well as newcomers Jimmy Asbury and Peggy Smith, beat out incumbents Jim Fox and Tad M. Wilson and challengers Ron Tice, Steve Smith, Ami Shaver, Rene Imler and Ponnie Piggott-Sampson.[2]


Note: An (i) next to a candidate's name indicates incumbent status.


Appoquinimink School District

CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Norman A. Abrams, Jr. (i)
UncheckedBox.jpg Debbie Harrington

Brandywine School District
Nominating District G

CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Cheryl Siskin (i)

Christina School District
Nominating District D

CheckedBoxOffset.jpg John M. Young (i)
UncheckedBox.jpg Martin W. Nicholson

Nominating District F

CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Elizabeth C. Paige(i)

Colonial School District
Nominating District G

UncheckedBox.jpg John C. Megahan, Sr.
CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Melodie A. Spotts (i)

Red Clay Consolidated School District
District E

CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Michael Piccio (i)
UncheckedBox.jpg Dennis Cini

West Virginia

Berkeley County Schools

CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Darin Gilpin (i)
CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Todd M. Beckwith (i)
CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Patrick H. Murphy
UncheckedBox.jpg Michelle Barnes-Russell

Cabell County Schools

CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Mary L. Neely (i)
CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Karen Nance
UncheckedBox.jpg Samuel R. Moore
UncheckedBox.jpg Scott Caserta
CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Rhonda E. Smalley
UncheckedBox.jpg Nazim M. Abbess II

Harrison County Schools

UncheckedBox.jpg David M. Sturm (i)
UncheckedBox.jpg Allen Gorrell (i)
CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Michael Daugherty
CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Kristin Messenger
CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Frank Devono Jr.

Kanawha County Schools

CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Becky Jordan (i)
CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Pete Thaw (i)
UncheckedBox.jpg Curtis Robinson
CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Ryan White
UncheckedBox.jpg Vic Sprouse
UncheckedBox.jpg Tracy White
UncheckedBox.jpg Calvin McKinney

Mercer County Schools

CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Gilbert Bailey (i)
CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Gregory S. Prudich (i)
CheckedBoxOffset.jpg J.B. Hurt

Monongalia County Schools

CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Barbara L. Parsons (i)
CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Clarence Harvey, Jr. (i)
CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Mike Kelly (i)
UncheckedBox.jpg Rob Core

Putnam County Schools

CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Rob Cunningham (i)
CheckedBoxOffset.jpg William Legg (i)
CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Craig Spicer (i)
UncheckedBox.jpg Diana McCallister

Raleigh County Schools

CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Larry D. Ford (i)
CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Cindy Jafary (i)
UncheckedBox.jpg John P. Fernald (i)
UncheckedBox.jpg Jim Fraley
CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Charlotte Hutchens
UncheckedBox.jpg Al Martine
UncheckedBox.jpg Marsha K. Smith

Wood County Schools

UncheckedBox.jpg Jim Fox (i)
UncheckedBox.jpg Tad M. Wilson (i)
CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Lawrence Hasbargen (i)
UncheckedBox.jpg Ron Tice
UncheckedBox.jpg Steve Smith
UncheckedBox.jpg Ami Shaver
UncheckedBox.jpg Rene Imler
CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Jimmy Asbury
CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Peggy Smith
UncheckedBox.jpg Ponnie Piggott-Sampson

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