|Published:||Aug 25, 2010 6:37 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 25, 2010 3:37 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla. - The primary election in Lee County has shaken up the Lee County School Board.
Incumbent candidates Steven Teuber and Elinor Scricca both lost their seats to newcomers Don Armstrong and Tom Scott.
Armstrong, a plumber, entered the race because his twins are entering the public school system and he became concerned about some of the issues facing our local schools. At the end of the night Armstrong had garnered 52% of the vote to Teuber's 47%. Teuber was seeking his 3rd term on the board.
In the District 5 race, incumbent Elinor Scricca was also hoping to serve for a 3rd term. But she couldn't hold off challenger Tom Scott. Scott, the director of the SWFL Enterprise Center in Fort Myers is also a former administrator and teacher at Purdue University. Scott ended the night with 57% of the vote to Scricca's 42%.
The District 1 race remains up in the air. Candidate and former Cape Coral Police Cheif Arnold Gibbs will meet school counselor Mary Fischer in November. Both gathered more votes than challenger John Traube in Tuesday's primary vote.
Tuesday's results mean come November... 3 of the board's 5 members will be new to the job. It remains to be seen if that will change the direction of the board or it's policies. But a few of the candidates have expressed their concerns about the school district's transportation and student assignment policies.
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