Poole says he may run again for school board

November 07, 2012

Political newcomer and local attorney Travis Poole said Wednesday he was a “little disappointed” that he didn’t win a seat on the Washington County Board of Education, but he hasn’t ruled out running again.

The three incumbents and political newcomer Melissa Williams appeared to secure their positions as the top four vote-getters for the four school board seats that were up for grabs in Tuesday’s general election. The board has seven members.

Even with 3,340 absentee ballots issued and more than 1,000 provisional ballots to be canvassed, it is highly unlikely Poole will get enough votes to make up the difference, taking into account early voting and all 54 precincts. The Washington County Board of Elections has not certified the election results yet as absentee and provisional ballots have not been counted.

The top four vote-getters, in order, were incumbents Donna Brightman and Wayne Ridenour, Williams, and incumbent Justin Hartings.

Poole received 24,523 votes, compared with Hartings’ 28,756 votes, according to unofficial results.

Poole described the race as “relatively close” and thought the community benefited from having more candidates than open seats on the board.

“Overall, I thought it was a very positive experience for myself,” said Poole, 32, of Hagerstown.

Poole said he didn’t think the fact that his oldest child, who is in primary school, didn’t attend a Washington County public school was an issue, but he couldn’t certain.

He said Williams, who is a former school system employee and teacher, had the advantage of having deep roots in the community.

— Julie E. Greene

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