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Challenger, two incumbents elected to school board

November 07, 2001|By LAURA MITCHELL,Staff Writer

Incumbents Sandy Finnell and Stan Armstrong and challenger Cindy Salazar-Bass were elected to the Imperial Unified School District board, according to preliminary election results released late Tuesday by the county registrar of voters.

Challengers James S. "Jim" Smith and Patricia A. Thompson also vied for the board's three seats.

The preliminary election results include all precincts but do not include absentee ballots. Absentee ballots will be counted today, said County Clerk Dolores Provencio.

Finnell garnered the most votes at 504 for 22.87 percent, Salazar-Bass was elected with 467 votes for 21.19 percent and Armstrong retained his seat with 466 votes for 21.14 percent.

Smith received 399 votes for 18.1 percent and Thompson got 368 votes for 16.7 percent.

According to the county's election results, only 483, or 16 percent, of 3,018 registered voters in Imperial turned out to vote.

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The Imperial Unified School District has a reputation for high academic standards. The district performed well last year in the Academic Performance Index, receiving rankings in the top half of the state, although scores in the district dipped a bit this year.

Armstrong, Finnell and Salazar-Bass said they were grateful for the support they received by the voters.

Finnell said she was disappointed by the low turnout.

Imperial Unified teachers' union President T.J. Hepburn said the union did not endorse any candidates. He said he does not remember the union endorsing candidates in the six years he has been with the school district.

County Supervisor Joe Maruca, who previously served as superintendent of the school district, endorsed incumbents Armstrong and Finnell.

The trustees-elect will be sworn-in to their four-year terms at the board's first meeting in December.

>>Staff Writer Laura Mitchell can be reached at 760-377-3452 or la_mitchel1@yahoo.com

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