Edsall, Chambers, Powers and Martin Win Seats on the East Lansing School Board; Both Millages are Approved

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 8:10 am
Karessa Wheeler

According to unofficial results, former East Lansing Board of Education Trustee Kath Edsall, who lost her seat two years ago, will be returning to the Board. Current Board President Kate Powers and Trustee Terah Chambers have been re-elected to the Board.

Attorney and former teacher Chris Martin is the sole newcomer to the Board.

Chambers was top vote getter with 7,455 votes out of the 17,392 cast in for the race in both Ingham and Clinton counties.

Powers received 6,899 votes, followed by Martin with 6,842 and Edsall with 6,671. Former police officer and educator Noel Garcia received 6,611 votes.

There are still 722 unresolved write-in votes, according to the Ingham County Clerk.

Thasin Sardar received 5,921 votes and Todd Swales, who had dropped out of the race but remained on the ballot, received 2,447 votes.

Update: the votes for each candidate with all precincts counted (although these numbers remain unofficial until November 26) are as follows:

Chambers 7538

Powers 6979

Martin 6882

Edsall 6727

Garcia 6691

Sardar 5962

Voters also approved two millages for East Lansing schools. The operating millage passed with 9,944 votes and the sinking fund millage passed with 10,081 votes.

Edsall and Martin will be replacing departing Board members Karen Hoene and Nell Kuhmuench.

Two years ago, Trustees Erin Graham and Hillary Henderson were re-elected to four-year terms, and Edsall lost her seat to Nichole Martin. Chambers was selected earlier this year to complete the term of Yasmina Bouraoui who stepped down last fall.


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