School board results unchanged

March 19, 2004

Nineteen absentee and overseas ballots that were opened last week did not change the results of the Washington County Board of Education primary.

Barry C. Harbaugh apparently held on to his slim lead over Gary E. Nally for the eighth and final spot on the Nov. 2 general election ballot.

Including the 15 absentee ballots and four overseas ballots counted last Friday, Harbaugh has 2,861 votes.

Nally has 2,842 votes, or 19 fewer than Harbaugh.

Coming into Friday, Nally was 17 votes behind.

Sherrie Bonebrake, an election administrative assistant with the Washington County Board of Elections, said the results will be unofficial until after the state board reviews them.

The top eight of the 14 candidates in the March 2 primary will be on the ballot in November. They will compete for four seats on the school board.


The eight apparent winners in the primary and their final vote totals are:

  • Bernadette M. Wagner, 5,647

  • Wayne D. Ridenour, 5,455

  • Roxanne R. Ober, 5,386

  • W. Edward Forrest, 5,338

  • William H. Staley, 4,282

  • Thomas Berry, 4,045

  • Teresa Spruill, 2,912

  • Harbaugh, 2,861.

Tom Janus, who did not qualify in the primary, has said he will run as a write-in candidate in the general election.

- Andrew Schotz

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