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Thu, Dec. 12

Incumbents blend with newcomers on school boards

Prescott Unified School District Governing Board candidate Joan Fleming was the only incumbent to gather the most votes for a position on a governing board in the tri-city area.

HUSD Governing Board President Gary Marks was not re-elected.

Chino Valley Unified School District Governing Board President Travis Bard and Humboldt School District Governing Board member Scott Paulsen retained their seats, but did not receive the most votes in their districts.

Newcomers Penny Hubble, CVUSD, and Mary Bergman, HUSD, were the top vote-getters in their districts.

Fleming faced three first-time candidates for one of two spots on the Prescott governing board.

In addition to Fleming, Maureen Erickson will take a seat on the PUSD Governing Board.

Fleming received 8,839 votes and Erickson received 7,532 votes. PUSD candidates Jack Jackson received 5,824 votes and Daniel Franks received 4,657.

"I am very humbled and proud of the support I had from the community and the school board," Fleming said. "I look forward to another four years. We have a lot of challenges, but a lot of good things ahead of us."

Erickson described the election process as "great. I met some terrific people that made me feel part of the community. I look forward to working with the community. I've said from the beginning that we have to work to try to combine services. We have to get more money into the classroom."

Hubble led the voting in Chino Valley with 3,362 votes. Bard received 2,710 votes. Kelly O'Brien received 2,319 votes.

"I look forward to working with Penny," Bard said. "The budget is always a cloud over our heads, but we still have to work to raise the bar in our expectations for staff and students."

Mary Bergman led the vote count for the HUSD Governing Board with 6,686 votes. Paulsen received 5,909 votes and Marks received 5,379.

Bergman declined to comment on the election. Marks said he was "glad (the election) is over."

Paulsen noted that the most exciting thing for him is that he will still be on the board "when my 3-year-old son starts school."

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