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BREAKING NEWS: Perrydale School Board election

PERRYDALE -- Perrydale School District had two new board members and one incumbent elected Tuesday.

PERRYDALE -- Perrydale School District had two new board members and one incumbent elected Tuesday.

Former Perrydale teacher and popular FFA advisor Kirk Hutchinson upset incumbent John Johnston to win Position 5. Hutchinson earned 153 votes to Johnston's 132 for a margin of 57 percent to 46 percent, according to final unofficial election results posted late Tuesday night.

"It's good," Hutchinson said of being elected to the board. "Hopefully we can work together and make Perrydale the best school it possibly can be."

The campaign for Position 5 drew attention as both candidates, a teachers group, and parents wrote letters mailed to voters in the district.

Johnston's letter expressed concern about treatment of students and parents, eliciting responses -- both in agreement and against his statements that some in the school community feel intimidated by school staff and open communication is discouraged at board meetings.

Hutchinson said through dedication to communication and collaboration with parents, teachers, administration and students, the issues raised in the campaign can be overcome.

"I want all voices to be heard and everybody feel that they are part of the decision-making process," Hutchinson said. "If we all do that, there will be a lot more harmony and less divisiveness in the community."

Trina Comerford won a competitive three-way race for Position 2 by just four votes. Comerford tallied 122 or 43 percent to Ken Perkins' 118 votes or 42 percent. The third candidate in the race, Tyler Clement, received 43 votes or 15 percent.

Lisa Mitchell (Position 3) was the only incumbent to be re-elected, outpacing challenger Stephanie Lux 72 percent to 28 percent for a vote tally of 190 to 75.

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