June 3 school board elections: Rivas gets revenge in Twin Rivers, primaries determine winners in Alabama and incumbents run unopposed in South Dakota

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June 4, 2014

By Kayla McCann

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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.

Candidates

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

Alabama

Etowah County School System
District 1
CheckedBoxOffset.jpgRepublican Party Tim Womack (i)
UncheckedBox.jpgRepublican Party Phillip Stone

District 2
CheckedBoxOffset.jpgRepublican Party Scarlett Rains Farley (i)

District 3
CheckedBoxOffset.jpgRepublican Party Todd Hindsman (i)

Mobile County Public Schools
District 3
CheckedBoxOffset.jpgDemocratic Party Reginald Crenshaw (i)
UncheckedBox.jpgDemocratic Party Henry W. Roberts, II

District 4
UncheckedBox.jpgDemocratic Party Tracie Roberson (i)
CheckedBoxOffset.jpgDemocratic Party Robert Edward Battles, Sr.

Montgomery Public Schools
District 1
UncheckedBox.jpgRepublican Party Heather Sellers (i)
CheckedBoxOffset.jpgRepublican Party Lesa Keith

District 6
CheckedBoxOffset.jpgDemocratic Party Robert Porterfield (i)
UncheckedBox.jpgDemocratic Party Timothy E. Bass

California

San Diego Unified School District
District B
CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Kevin Beiser (i)
CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Amy C. Redding

District C
CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Michael G. McQuary

Twin Rivers Unified School District
Area 2
UncheckedBox.jpg John Dexter (i)
CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Michelle Rivas

Area 4
CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Bob Bastian (i)

Area 6
CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Rebecca Sandoval (i)
UncheckedBox.jpg Lanette Robinson
UncheckedBox.jpg Roger Westrup

South Dakota

Rapid City Area School District
Area 4
CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Jim Hansen (i)

Area 5
CheckedBoxOffset.jpg Ed McLaughlin (i)

See also