Tulsa County school board races decided
BY ANDREA EGER & KIM ARCHER World Staff Writers
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
2/15/12 at 4:24 AM
Related story: Unofficial election results.
Three school board races were decided by Tulsa County voters Tuesday night.
In Tulsa's District 5, Leigh Goodson defeated Bruce Niemi with more than 70 percent of the votes.
She will succeed board President Brian Hunt, who decided not to run for re-election after one term.
After a "thank you" party for her campaign volunteers, who she said helped her knock on 1,000 doors and make more than 3,000 phone calls to potential voters, Goodson said she is ready to be sworn in.
"I'm ready to hear what's working and what's not. We can emphasize the positive and repair the deficits," said Goodson, who is vice president for research and institutional advancement at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa.
Goodson campaigned on the fact that she is a parent to current Tulsa Public Schools students - her 13-year-old son attends Thoreau Demonstration Academy and her 9-year-old daughter attends Mayo Demonstration School - and as such would bring a critical perspective to the school board.
Ridenour was appointed to the board last year when no one sought the office.
- In the Berryhill school board race, Jeff Blair overwhelmingly defeated incumbent Doug Woods, garnering 84.5 percent of the vote with all five precincts reporting. Blair will serve a five-year term.
- With all eight precincts in Skiatook reporting, Susan Ridenour led Patricia Pippin Ceska by two votes, according to the state Election Board's website.
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Leigh Goodson: She won a Tulsa school board seat with more than 70 percent of the votes.