Contested races for seats on boards of education throughout the area dotted the ballots Tuesday, when voters in public school districts cast their choices for at least two candidates for terms beginning in January.
Counts from electronic voting were tallied in Belmont County late Tuesday evening, but officials at the board of election noted that paper ballots in certain precincts — as well as votes for write-in candidates — still needed to be counted. Votes will be certified in the coming days.
Unofficial results in local school board races produced the following totals.
In Barnesville, two seats were up for grabs on the Barnesville Exempted Village School District’s board of education. Donald E. Carpenter netted 882 votes, and Marilynn T. Lucas netted 681, followed by Tia J. Baker with 638, Betty L. Griffin with 619, Daniel Kover with 412 and Bruce A. Lucas with 204.
Two seats were open in the race for Bellaire Local School District’s board of education. Preliminary tallies showed incumbent Stanley Stein taking 613 votes, and Frank A. Danadic getting 504 votes. Incumbent W. Meek Duvall grabbed 466 votes, along with Cynthia F. Badia with 484 votes, Charles Jason Ayers with 294, Robert Bostancic with 241 and Michelle L. Cavicchia with 193.
A seven-way race for two seats on the Martins Ferry City School District’s board of education saw Dorothy A. Powell taking 877 votes and Cynthia L. Bruney netting 644, followed by Bob Zilai with 488 votes, A. Gene Joseph with 411, Edward W. Bell with 347, Barry L. Cusick with 286 and Joseph M. Lovell with 184.
In the St. Clairsville-Richland City School District, two seats on the board of education were up for grabs. Michael A. Fador pulled ahead with 1,386 votes, along with incumbent board member Michael D. Derosa with 1,319. Incumbent Christine K. Harden netted 1,049 votes, followed by Lisa Kleevic with 924. Alicia Freeman, who previously withdrew from the race, still netted 408 votes.
Three seats will be filled on the Shadyside Local School District’s Board of Education. A five-way race saw incumbents Robert A. Bittengle and Eric W. Gartner securing 581 and 440 votes, respectively, along with P. Douglas Campbell with 530 votes. Kimberly A. Scarnecchia netted 379 votes and Gregory D. Driscoll garnered 291 votes.
The race for two seats on Union Local School District’s board of education saw Douglas Kemp grabbing 1,217 votes and Stanley A. Sobel getting 938 votes, followed by Thomas A. Johnson with 888 nods.
Two board seats were up for grabs in the Buckeye Local School District, with incumbents Joe Zelek and Donald E. Moore netting 1,915 and 1,229 votes, respectively, followed by Martina Herrlein with 1,057 votes.