Courtney Tankersley was elected to a full term in Place 7 on the Lake Dallas school board Saturday in the district’s first contested race in five years.
Earning more than 60 percent of the vote, Tankersley edged out opponent Ginger Collier. According to information provided by the Denton County Elections office, 542 people voted in the Place 7 race.
The last contested school board race in Lake Dallas was May 2008, according to district officials.
Also in this year’s race, Chad Thiessen and Scott Baird ran unopposed in Places 3 and 4, respectively.
Tankersley, a 51-year-old sales manager, was appointed to the board last May, replacing Sandra Drusch, who stepped down. She said she ran for a full three-year term because she liked the direction the board was taking in providing programs for Lake Dallas schoolchildren.
Tankersley said she was pleased with the number of voters who turned out to the polls, and that she was thankful for the support of her friends and family.
“I’m thrilled to be back on the board again and continue the work that we started,” she said.
Collier, a 42-year-old florist, said she was disappointed with the low voter turnout.
“It was a great experience,” Collier said of the campaign. “I’ll continue to be involved in my children’s education and volunteering on different levels.”
According to district officials, election returns will be canvassed and school board swearing-in ceremonies will take place May 20.
In Argyle, five men ran for two at-large seats on the ballot in Saturday’s race.
Greg Aune, 53, and Brian Ratcliff, 40, will serve for the first time as trustees in the Argyle school district.
Aune, owner of GA Sports Management, received 445 votes, while Ratcliff received 372 votes. Of the five candidates, only two would be elected to serve three-year terms.
A total of 1,439 people voted in Saturday’s election.
“That is awesome. It is overwhelming,” Aune said. “It is a great school district and hopefully we can keep moving things forward.”
Ratcliff, who works in energy efficiency and construction, said he is grateful to be elected.
“It is an honor to serve the community on the school board,” he said.
Both Aune and Ratcliff have children in the school district.
The race’s incumbent, Steven Moore, has been a long-term trustee. He could not be reached for comment Saturday.
Ratcliff won a seat in the school district election, defeating Moore by seven votes.
A seat has remained vacant on the Argyle school board since last August, when two-term trustee Brenda Alexander announced her resignation. The board announced last September that the seat would remain vacant until May’s election.
Election results will be canvassed and trustees will be sworn in May 20, a district official said.
While Pilot Point and Ponder did not have any contested races Saturday, both districts will welcome new members to their school boards.
Jackie Jenkins will serve in Place 4 on the Pilot Point school board. Her predecessor, Lezlie MacElroy, was elected to the Place 4 seat in 2008. According to district officials, Jenkins is slated to be sworn in as a trustee May 22.
In Ponder, two new trustees will join the board. District officials say the two new board members are slated to be sworn in Thursday.
Shawn Wilkinson will serve in Place 6, a seat currently being held by Gary Morris, who was appointed to the seat in May 2011. Brian Hutcherson will be the Ponder Place 7 trustee, a spot currently held by Cory Anthony, who joined the board in 2010.
Aubrey incumbents Marcus Pierce and Jim Milacek will return to Places 4 and 5 respectively. Krum incumbents Donna Hooper and Doug Willis will return to two at-large seats and Sanger incumbents Ken Scribner and Cristy Koonce will return to Places 4 and 5 respectively. Sanger incumbents will take their oath of office Thursday, Aubrey board members will be sworn in Wednesday and Krum trustees are slated to take oaths at a board meeting next month, according to officials.
BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876 and via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.
KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878 and via Twitter at @KarinaFRamirez.