June 3 school board elections: Rivas gets revenge in Twin Rivers, primaries determine winners in Alabama and incumbents run unopposed in South Dakota
By Kayla McCann
After losing her Area 2 seat to John Dexter in 2012, Michelle Rivas won the rematch in the Twin Rivers Unified School District in California on June 3, 2014. Fellow former board member Roger Westrup did not achieve the same success, coming in third place in his comeback bid against Area 6 incumbent Rebecca Sandoval, who ousted him in 2012. Area 4 incumbent Bob Bastian ran unopposed and therefore did not appear on the ballot, just as he did in 2012.
In addition to Twin Rivers Unified School District, voters in five other school districts across Alabama, California and South Dakota visited the polls on June 3, 2014. The other California district holding an election on Tuesday was the San Diego Unified School District. The primary election resulted in all candidates advancing to the general election. Although incumbent Kevin Beiser overcame challenger Amy C. Redding with 68 percent of the vote, both candidates will still appear on the November ballot because the top two vote recipients in the primary advance to the general election. Newcomer Michael G. McQuary ran unopposed in the primary and will remain unopposed in November. In the general election in Rapid City Area School District in South Dakota, both incumbents also ran unopposed.
The primary elections in Alabama determined the new board members for three districts, since the winners will run unopposed come November. In Etowah County School System, all three Republican incumbents will retain their board seats. In Mobile County Public Schools, the state's largest district, incumbent Reginald Crenshaw will keep his District 3 seat while newcomer Robert Edward Battles Sr. will join the board in the District 4 seat. Newcomer Lesa Keith won the District 1 seat on the Montgomery school board, while incumbent Robert Porterfield will keep his District 6 seat.
Note: An (i) next to a candidate's name indicates incumbent status.
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