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Republicans take three of five open seats in OJR School Board race


By Evan Brandt, ebrandt@21st-centurymedia.com, @PottstownNews on Twitter

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Four candidates running on the Republican ticket took the three of five open seats on the Owen J. Roberts School Board Tuesday night.

Democrat Karel Minor took one of the seats with a four-year term by a slim 34-vote margin. She earned 3,626 votes and the next nearest candidate, Republican Robert Rasmussen, earned 3,592.

Also, a Democrat edged out the Republican in the two-candidate race for a seat with only two years left on the term by a 222-vote margin out of more than 7,500 votes cast.

According to final but unofficial results from Chester County, Republicans Melissa Booth, Leslie Proffitt, James Frees and Minor were the winning candidates for the four open seats with full, four-year terms.

Unofficial results had Booth, who was the only candidate with both the Republican and Democratic lines, as the top vote-getter with 5,264 votes.

Next up was Frees who won 4,300 votes; then Proffitt with 3,755 votes.

Don Foy, also on the Democratic line, had 3,585 votes and John Melniczek took in 3,080 votes, according to unofficial results.

In the battle for the seat with a two-year term, Cathie Whitlock, running on the Democratic line, won 3,882 votes to the 3,660 for Lonny Fish.