Voters flock to Cherokee School Board election

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Triggered by turmoil in the Cherokee School District resulting from the Superintendent's and Elementary Principal's alleged retaliatory mistreatment and bullying of employees forcing many to leave the District, a record eight candidates sought three School Board seats up for re-election in Tuesday's School Elections.

Three newcomers- Angie Anderson, Patty Brown, and Jodi Thomas claimed victory, ousting incumbents Laura Dawson and Paul Fuhrman, who were seeking re-election. Board member Logan Patterson held the other seat and did not seek re-election. Dawson was seeking what would have been her 8th term on the Board had she been re-elected.

Board members Laura Jones and Chuck Wulfsen have two years left to serve out their four-year terms on the five-member Board. In the past, Dawson, Fuhrman, and Wulfsen have shown toleration and support for the administrators in question.

Apathy usually reigns in most school board elections, with low voter turnout, unless other issues like controversy or Public Measures are factors. And controversy certainly tainted this election in Cherokee and prompted eight substantial candidates to step forward.

3,996 voters cast ballots in the election, as the interest ran high in the community for those appalled and demanding change regarding Superintendent Kim Lingenfelter's and Elementary Principal Valery Fuhrman's maligned management styles.

Anderson totaled 1,070 votes, Brown 1,047, and Thomas 592 in claiming the three open seats. Korriane James tallied 453, Dee Murphy 302, Paul Furhman 190, Laura M. Dawson 165, and Trever Kinnetz 149.

The new Cherokee School Board takes office January 1, 2020.

Read more and learn the outcomes of the rest of the Cherokee County school board elections in Friday's CT.

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