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ST. MARYS — In a contested race that consisted of seven candidates, only a handful of candidates came out winning the two available spots during Tuesday's election for a local board of education.
Keith D. Jacobs, of 2209 Auburn Drive, Kenneth J. Koverman, of 1128 Holly St., John B. Lampert, of 14581 State Route 66, Brian A. Little, of 321 Sturgeon St., Ronda L. Shelby, of 1121 Neil Ave., Josie Slater, of 209 S. Main St., and Bob Valentine, of 107 N. Wayne St., competed in the race for a spot on the St. Marys Board of Education, with Shelby and Little coming out on top and winning the election.
"I did not think that I would get it, I thought that they would want youth," Shelby said. "I am really surprised."
Shelby won the top spot, netting 1,960 votes.
Little netted 1,490 votes on Tuesday.
"I would just like to thank everybody for their support and for their votes," he said. "I'm anxious to get started working for the board."
Jacobs came in third, netting 1,159 votes, followed by Lampert with 912, Koverman with 871, Valentine with 814 and Slater with 422.
Shelby and Little, who will be sworn in during the St. Marys Board of Education meeting in January, will be replacing current board members Craig Gottschalk and Rees McKee, who opted not to seek re-election.
"I know we have a lot of work ahead of us, and I'm ready to work," Shelby said.
In Tuesday's election, there were 104 over votes and 1,092 under votes. The results are unofficial until they are certified by the board of elections in the coming weeks. There are 43 provisional ballots citywide.