Two Arlington school board incumbents lose seats

Special to the Star-Telegram

Two Arlington school trustees lost their seats Saturday, but most incumbents running for re-election to a Tarrant County school board held on to their jobs. Returns were complete but unofficial Saturday night.


For the three contested places on the Arlington school board, two incumbents were unseated, and one won by a slim margin.

Challenger Polly Walton beat Place 1 incumbent Gloria Peña, who had 44 percent of the vote to Walton’s 56.18 percent.

Place 2 incumbent Peter Baron lost to challenger Kristen Hudson. Baron had 49.50 to Hudson’s 50.50, unofficial results showed.

Place 3 Trustee Aaron Reich had 50.35 percent to Maryhelen Bronson’s 49.65 percent.

Fort Worth

Longtime District 5 incumbent Judy Needham easily sealed another four years on the Fort Worth school board.

Needham won 81 percent of the vote. Challenger Linda LaBeau had 19 percent.

“I’m very grateful to the voters — it really looks very good,” Needham said. “I’m looking forward to four more years of serving children and working with my colleagues.”

District 2 incumbent Tobi Jackson beat two challengers — Sultan Cole and Joel Aguilar. Jackson had 66 percent, Cole 23 percent and Aguilar 10 percent.

In District 6, the race between incumbent Ann Sutherland and Cecelia Speer was closer. Sutherland had 56 percent of vote, Speer 44 percent.

“A lot of talented people worked very hard on this race,” Sutherland said, moments before 10 p.m. Saturday with 17 of 17 precincts reporting. “I’m humbled by their support.”

Northeast Tarrant County

In the Birdville school district, early results showed that incumbent Richard Davis had 63 percent to challenger Billy Parks’ 37 percent.

In the Hurst-Euless-Bedford, incumbent Frank Campos was beating Gary Jones 62 percent to 38 percent.

In Grapevine-Colleyville, the Place 1 seat was vacated by Kimberley Davis. Mark Assaad had 37 percent, Mindy McClure 34 percent and Kathleen Thompson 29 percent.

For Place 2, incumbent Becky St. John was beating Grapevine attorney Jesse David Hoffman 63 percent to 37 percent.

In the Keller school district, Place 6 incumbent Brad Schofield was ahead with 55 percent. David Gerda had 45 percent.

In Place 7, Trustee Ruthie Keyes was well ahead of challenger David Staine 64 percent to 36 percent.

For the Kennedale school board Place 3, incumbent Joe Taylor had 50.14 percent to challenger’s Jeff Krieger 49.86 percent

Two newcomers were running for Place 1 on the Mansfield school board. Michelle Newsom had 66 percent to 34 percent for Nicole Woolridge.

All results were complete but unofficial Saturday night.

Staff writers Sandra Engelland and Marty Sabota contributed to this report.

Yamil Berard, 817-390-7705

Twitter: @yberard

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