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Incumbent upset, narrow races: How Tuesday’s school board elections shook out

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Over 5,600 Delawareans turned out to vote in Tuesday’s school board elections across the state, according to the unofficial results from the Delaware Department of Elections. Contested races were held in seven districts: Appoquinimink, Colonial, Red Clay Consolidated, Indian River, Delmar and Woodbridge.

While other districts throughout the state did have seats up for grabs, Delaware Code states that elections will not be held if there is only one person running.

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Here are the preliminary results posted by the Delaware Department of Elections, in alphabetical order by county:

NEW CASTLE COUNTY

Appoquinimink

Incumbent Norm Abrams has been reelected to his at-large seat on the Appoquinimink School Board, which he has held for 15 years. He received 54% of the 880 total votes cast, beating opponents Britney Mumford and Candace Justino.

Mumford, executive director of the public education equity-focused nonprofit DelawareCAN, was the runner-up with 32% of votes. Justino, who works with the nonprofit “Public Allies of Delaware” program at the University of Delaware, received the fewest votes.

Colonial

Incumbent Robin Crossan was narrowly reelected to represent District G on the Colonial School Board, a position he’s held for six years. He received 52% of the 362 total votes cast, beating opponent Tanya Kerns, a retired financial analyst with Amtrak, by just 12 votes.

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Red Clay Consolidated

Susan Sander has been elected to represent District E on the Red Clay Consolidated School Board, beating incumbent Jason Casper, who has held the position for almost seven years. Sander, a community volunteer and former executive assistant for assisted living communities, earned 72% of the 2,043 total votes cast.

KENT COUNTY

Lake Forest

Incumbent Sarah R. Starkey has been reelected to her at-large seat on the Lake Forest School Board, which she has held for almost five years. She received 77% of the 290 total votes cast, beating opponent David Mazur, a former behavior modification specialist in New Jersey.

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SUSSEX COUNTY

Delmar

Russell Smart has been elected to fill the at-large seat on the Delmar School Board. Smart, whose son is a student in the district, received 68% of the 563 total votes cast, beating opponent Dawn Turner, who was previously appointed to fill a vacant seat on the school board in 2021 and served through June 2023.

Woodbridge

John Campbell has been elected to fill the at-large seat on the Woodbridge School Board. Campbell, who has two children in the district and coaches youth sports, received 59% of the 684 total votes cast, beating opponents Brian Swain and Kristie Thomas.

Swain, a former teacher and principal, was the runner up with 34% of the votes. Thomas, who served on the boards of a government tax ditch program and the Woodbridge Little League, received the fewest votes.

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Indian River

Anita West-Werner has been elected to represent District 4 on the Indian River School Board. West-Werner, a U.S. Air Force colonel and parent of two children in the district, received 59% of the total 835 votes cast, beating opponent Joshua Hudson, a captain with DNREC’s Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police.

BACKGROUND: Delaware’s school board election guide: Who’s running in your district?

Send story tips or ideas to Hannah Edelman at hedelman@delawareonline.com. For more reporting, follow them on Twitter at @h_edelman.





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Body found in Delaware River near Camden County boat ramp

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PENNSAUKEN, New Jersey (WPVI) — Police in South Jersey were called for reports of a body found in the Delaware River on Sunday.

It happened near the Pennsauken Boat Ramp not far from the Betsy Ross Bridge, officials say.

The body was discovered at approximately 3 p.m.

So far, authorities have not released any further information on this incident.

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There is no word whether or not police have identified the body.

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Millsboro Man Charged with 5 Offense DUI

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A Delaware State Police trooper spotted a Jetta traveling at a high rate of speed on Millsboro Highway Friday night just after 8. The trooper initiated at traffic stop and contacted the driver, 40 year old Antonio Mancilla-Pertuz of Millsboro and smelled a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and saw signs of impairment. Mancilla-Pertuz was given standardized filed sobriety tests and arrested for DUI. A computer check showed he had four prior DUI-related convictions and was driving without a valid license. A search of the vehicle turned up an open container of beer.

Mancilla-Pertuz is charged with 5th offense DUI and traffic offenses. He is being held at SCI on a $6301 cash bond.


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Georgetown library hosts Sussex Children's Book Festival

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Aiden Aaronson, 3, of Millsboro, plays in the pirate ship, which kids were also able to draw on.

Noah Slatcher, 3, of Laurel, plays with shells as part of an exhibit on beach life.

Sara Bush, children’s librarian at Delmar Public Library, holds up crafts that kids could work on as part of the library’s booth.

Julie Hickman, center, and her daughters Audrey, right, and Adaline, left, work on crafts.

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Author Kevin McCloskey does his Crankie Show, a show using a scroll to tell a story.

Author Colleen Kosinski sits in front of her booth.

In addition to the authors, kids also had the chance to meet Marshall of the Paw Patrol.



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