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May 22, 2013
POLK COUNTY -- For the most part, races for school districts around the county revealed few surprises in Tuesday night's election.
It was a night for the incumbents in races for the Dallas School District Board, as Jon Woods, Lu Ann Meyer and Michael Blanchard all retained their seats.
Woods defeated opponent Larry Blair by a 61 percent to 39 percent margin, earning 1,431 votes to Blair's 908 for Position 1, according to final unofficial election results posted late Tuesday night.
Woods, who was appointed to the board in November, said he was so eager to see the vote he logged on to the Polk County Clerk's Office website just minutes after 8 p.m. Tuesday.
"I couldn't hold myself back -- I had to look," Woods said, adding he is glad to have the opportunity to continue to serve the district.
"It's what I wanted, so I'm really glad it worked out," he said.
With the election in the books, Woods will turn his concentration to the tasks at hand.
"Money is going to be an issue," he said. "I would like to see some programs added back and increase our graduation rate."
Meyer claimed 2,020 votes -- good for 80 percent -- to opponent Joshua Shoob's 488 votes, or 19 percent.
Meyer will be beginning her third term on the board.
"It feels really good," she said. "I really appreciate that the voters are placing their trust in me."
Meyer said she will do all she can to make sure students are receiving a quality education, whether that be assuring the district's facilities are adequate or providing teachers with the tools they need to teach effectively.
She also hopes school boards around the state will work with state legislators to provide more predictable funding for schools in the future.
"I wish that we could find a better way to fund schools that's more stable because funding drives so much of what we are trying to do," she said.
Blanchard was unopposed for Position 4 on the Dallas School Board.
In Falls City, Kristy Major will be joining the Falls City School Board for a first term after defeating opponent Tony Drill for the Position 1 seat.
Falls City's unopposed candidates, Larry Sickles and Shane Castle, will continue to serve in Positions 3 and 4, respectively.
In Central School District, unopposed Jennifer Mason (Position 2) and Donn Wahl (Position 6) were elected to serve. No one filed for candidacy for Board Position 4, but that seat will likely be filled by a write-in candidate. The position received 244 write-in votes.