School board race set for Saturday

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As a candidate in the only contested race in Mansfield, Karen Marcucci says she’s just happy that people are showing up to vote.

“I am very pleased with the early voting turnout,” said Marcucci, 38, who is seeking the Place 5 post on the Mansfield ISD school board in the Saturday election. “I am glad so many people are involved in local elections. I hope the people take time to get educated on what is going on and vote accordingly.”

Marcucci was referring to the fact that her only opponent, education consultant Dora Watson, 57, attempted to drop out of the race, but was to late to have her name removed from the ballot. Although she announced that she was dropping out, if Watson receives more votes, she will win the race. If elected, Watson could decline to serve or accept the position.

Watson sent a letter to board secretary Julie Moye on March 19 announcing that she was withdrawing her candidacy for the Mansfield school board “due to an unexpected business opportunity which has presented itself to me and to which I cannot say no.”

The winner of the election will replace Sandra Vatthauer, 51, who has served on the school board for nine years. Vatthauer originally filed for another three-year term, but withdrew her name after Marcucci filed to run.

Michael Evans, 46, and Raul Gonzalez, 50, are running unopposed in Place 3 and Place 4, respectively. City Council incumbents Mayor David Cook and Councilman Brent Newsom, both 41, were unopposed, so the city of Mansfield cancelled its election.

Marcucci, an administrator at a local church, says she hopes to be able to serve on the Mansfield school board.

“My first goal is to get a permanent superintendent,” she said, referring to the departure of Superintendent Bob Morrison in February and the search for his replacement. “I would like to help move that process along as quickly as we can. Long term, make sure we are representing the needs of the community, really implement the vision that is in place and hold our leadership accountable for the strategic vision that is already in place.”

Amanda Rogers, 817-473-4451 Twitter: @AmandaRogersNM

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