Alice Farmer, Sue Chambers and Katherine Johnson are the newest members of the Brookings-Harbor School District, all three elected into a four-year term. Three incumbents running for reelection were defeated.
Farmer easily defeated incumbent Allene Fewell by capturing 2,032 votes compared to Fewell’s 426. Ian Maitland, who withdrew from the race and supported Farmer, earned 393 votes.
“I am honored that the citizens have elected me, it is quite an honor. I am just really looking forward to be working with the school district in this capacity,” Farmer said Tuesday night.
Farmer is a self-employed business owner with three children in the school district. She is involved in the community as part of the Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Advisory Board working with children, vice president of the Parent-Teacher Organization at Azalea Middle School and Kalmiopsis Elementary and Azalea Court pageant director.
The Pilot’s attempts to reach Fewell by Tuesday night were unsuccessful.
The race was close as of press time Tuesday, but Sue Chambers appeared to be leading Brad Peters by just over 100 votes.
“I look forward to working with the new board members and very much appreciate the confidence of the community,” Chambers said Tuesday night. “I will do everything I can to improve the entire school experience for all of the students; hopefully raise test scores and graduation rates, and success on the sporting field and in the classroom, to make a positive successful experience all around.”
Chambers is licensed in Oregon to substitute teach for grades kindergarten through 12, in all subjects. She served on the Brookings-Harbor School Board from 2005-09, has raised money for sports teams and academics at the high school, and is a five-year member of a philanthropic organization helping to raise scholarships for young women attending college.
The Pilot’s attempts to contact Peters on Tuesday night were unsuccessful.
Katherine Johnson was the clear winner, defeating incumbent Carol Slewing by more than 400 votes and challenger Bruce Raleigh by a slightly larger margin.
“Thank you for the vote of confidence. I care very much about both the school district in term of the students and teachers, and the community. They are all so very important to me,” Johnson said.
Johnson is currently a leadership and organizational consultant for the schools and ran for office because of how well the school district treated her child, who had special needs. She is a motivational speaker and lead mentor for the Friends of Rachel (FOR) Club at Azalea Middle School.
Bruce Raleigh knew when he ran that this would be a tough position to win, with three people splitting the votes. He wished Johnson luck with her term.
“I wish the best to those who did get elected and know that they have some work ahead of them,” Raleigh said.