Susan Hunter wins seat on School Board

Friday, August 3, 2012

By Clint Confehr

Senior Staff Writer

Voters in Marshall County's 7th District elected a new member of the Board of Education on Thursday, ending a 12-year, three-term of service for the incumbent.

Susan Hunter of Anes Station Road won the school board race with 228 votes over incumbent Ann Tears' 203 votes. Both candidates were gracious about the results.

"I knew it would be very close," Hunter said. "We both worked very hard. I knew it could go either way. I'm proud that I could pull it off.

"I think we both ran a good race," Hunter said. "Ann Tears is a very good lady. We both ran it with honor and integrity."

Tears said, "I've served 12 years and I've enjoyed working for the 7th District and appreciate the support today and always will. I've done my best for the school system."

Marshall County's school system has had several directors in recent years and its members are no strangers to controversy as there have also been a number of complaints to the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission. None of the personnel cases were taken to court.

Hunter was asked what she wants to do as a board member.

"I'd like to see the school board to go forward with unity and to do what's best for the students as well as being fiscally responsible while doing so," she replied. "I want to do what I can to contribute in a positive way."

Candidates elected Thursday take office in September.