School Board members decided
November 12, 2012
Local school board election results were mixed, with some incumbents running unopposed, others losing the seat and in one race two new candidates running. In the Park City School District, two seats were filled in unopposed races. School Board President Moe Hickey and newcomer Nancy Garrison both won with more than 1,000 votes each. In the one competitive campaign in Park City, both Tania Knauer and Kristen Brown were seeking the District 3 Precinct seat. Knauer took the seat with 948 votes to Brown’s 850.
"It was pretty close," Knauer said. "I think the first set of results came out, and I was 100 votes up. In the next blast, it was neck and neck. As the last votes came in, I was up by 98 votes. It was definitely a nail biter."
Though Brown lost the election, she said she still plans on being very involved.
"In whatever capacity, I want to help. The school district is facing so many challenges right now, and I want to be of service. This was a tremendous learning experience though."
In the North Summit School District, all three candidates running for School Board ran unopposed. Susan Richins, District 1, came in with 300 votes. Mark Marsh, District 2, won with 458, and Heather Staley, District 3, had 327 votes. Marsh, the current board president, and Staley are both returning members to the North Summit School Board.
In the South Summit School District, Suni Woolstenhulme defeated incumbent Matthew Leavitt with 292 votes to 273 for District 1. Neither of the two candidates was available for comment.
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In the other two races, both incumbents won the races for District 2 and District 3. Craig Hicken defeated Tony Gortat with 305 to 164 for District 2, and Jim Snyder defeated Kim Simpson with 267 to 163 for District 3.
"I was glad to win, glad that people trusted me again," said Hicken, who will enter his second term as a school board member in January. " You know, wish I had a crystal ball to say what the issues will be. Certain things will continue to be a challenge. With the budget, we are always trying to do more with less. With curriculum, it is ever changing, but I feel prepared."