Tahlequah Daily Press

February 12, 2014

School elections

Three seats decided; one headed for runoff

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Election results across Cherokee County showed a low voter turnout Tuesday for annual school elections, where three of four open county seats were unofficially decided.

Voters in the Briggs School District will head back to the polls April 1 for a runoff between Shannon Tate Robertson, who garnered 74 votes, or 40.22 percent, and Annette Long-Stinnett, who received 56 votes, or 30.43 percent. A third candidate for the position, Deretha Dawes, had 54 votes, or 29.35 percent.

For Hulbert’s school district, voters elected incumbent Kathy Ritchie to Seat 4 with 90 votes, or 56.96 percent, compared to challenger Trent L. Bowlin’s 68 votes, or 43.04 percent. Rachel Lynn McAlvain garnered 85 votes, or 53.13 percent, to win an unexpired Seat 2 slot over JuaNita Keener, who had 75 votes, or 46.88 percent.

“I don’t have any agenda,” McAlvain said Tuesday evening.

“I feel like if you’re going to have kids there, you need to have a part in it, and I felt like this was the right time.”

Voters in Keys chose Radean Ritchie Foreman for Seat 4 of the school board. Foreman picked up 51.97 percent, or 185 votes, over challengers Rick Patrick and Julie Smith. Patrick received 113 votes, or 31.74 percent, while Smith garnered 16.29 percent, or 58 votes.

Election results will not be official until Friday.