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November 7, 2012

Greater Clark school board retains many incumbents

Christensen only seatholder defeated

JEFFERSONVILLE — Most incumbents had a big night after the numbers rolled in for the Greater Clark County Schools board of trustees seats elections.

Incumbent Christina Gilkey won her District 5 seat with 12,831 votes, or 55.9 percent. Her opponent, former Courier-Journal columnist Dale Moss came in with 10,114, or 44.1 percent.

Gilkey said she expected a closer race, but was glad she had some wiggle room in the votes.

“I’m relieved,” Gilkey said. “I’ve worked really hard. I thought it would be a lot closer, I really did. I want to thank our teachers, our Greater Clark Education Association with their support. I feel good about what we can get accomplished in the next four years. I’m thankful and grateful for the opportunity.”

Jerry White, the mid-term District 6 appointee, also won his seat back for a start in his first full term. White received 11,939 votes, or 54.5 percent. His opponent, Alice Dorman Butler, got 9,953 votes, or 45.5 percent.

White was called for comment, but did not respond by press time.

But the only upset in the district was Teresa Bottorff-Perkins’ win against Becka Christensen. Bottorff-Perkins came in with 12,343 votes, or 55.2 percent. Christensen received 10,016, or 44.8 percent.

Bottorff-Perkins said she is excited about the opportunity to serve on the board.

“I’m very, very thankful that the folks who voted for me came out today,” Bottorff-Perkins said. “I tried to put my qualifications out there and my agenda, which is not to go after anybody or do anything negative. I want to bring to the board a sense of cooperation and collaboration and I’m really excited about that.”

But the seat that Ernie Gilbert is leaving in District 2 was a closer race. Tony Hall won the seat with 10.184 votes, or 46.6 percent. Vickie Boisseau finished a close second, with 9,535 votes, or 43.1 percent. Fred W. Krenke was a distant third, with 2,147 votes, or 9.8 percent.

Hall said he’s excited to see what he’ll be able to do with the rest of the board to push the district forward.

“I’m tickled to death. I’m excited about working with a great school board,” he said. “I wish my parents were here to see this with me; they both passed away in the last year. I’m looking forward to becoming a great member for Greater Clark. We’ve got great things coming in the future and I’m ready to move forward.”

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