Editor’s note: All results the Log Cabin Democrat received are based on final, unofficial totals released by the county clerk’s office.
The annual school board election for Faulkner County concluded Tuesday night.
Many from the community showed up to designated polling areas to vote for their preferred candidate.
The most contested of all the races, the Position 7 seat on the Vilonia Board of Education, had Gina McNew, Carey William Wells and Kent Charles running against each other. McNew received nearly 38 percent with 166 votes. Wells received a little more than 33 percent with 148 votes and Charles received almost 30 percent of the vote with 133.
Faulkner County Clerk Margaret Darter said candidates needed 50 percent of the vote plus one to win and in the Vilonia race, there was no clear winner.
Darter said there would be a runoff between McNew and Wells on Oct. 11 with polling sites at Vilonia First Baptist Church and Friendship Baptist Church. She also said early voting would be at the Faulkner County Courthouse on Oct. 4-7.
She said it was up to the two candidates in the runoff to get out and continue to campaign for the rest of the votes because there was no way to tell which way the other 133 voters would swing.
"It will be up to the two people running to get out and get those votes," Darter said.
For the Mt. Vernon-Enola School Board race, Susan M. Allen unseated board member James Keathley for the Zone 5 spot.
Allen won by nearly 69 percent, the final vote totaling 170 to 77.
Keathley has served on the board since 2011.
For the Conway Board of Education, Diane Robinson and Jennifer Cunningham faced off against each other for the Position 2, Zone 3 seat. The final vote totaled 229 to 148, Robinson pulling ahead by a little more than 60 percent.
Guy-Perkins, Mayflower and Greenbrier all had candidates who ran unopposed.
Elected positions will take effect immediately.
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