Updated: MacAdam, Stuckey, Bonnett win Champaign school board seats

Updated: MacAdam, Stuckey, Bonnett win Champaign school board seats

Updated 10:42 p.m. Tuesday.

CHAMPAIGN — Scott MacAdam, Lynn Stuckey and Laurie Bonnett won the top votes in a close Champaign school board race for three contested four-year seats.

MacAdam won the most votes, with 2,043. Stuckey followed with 1,739 votes and then Bonnett with 1,721.

John Williams III trailed Bonnett by only 12 votes, with 1,709. Chuck Jackson earned 1,560 votes.

Williams said Tuesday he won't ask for a recount, after talking with Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten about the possibility.

Hulten said that margin is close enough for Williams. However, every time there's been a recount since 2005, when the county began using optical scan equipment, the recount results have agreed with the original results.

Meanwhile, MacAdam, who served on the school board from 2007-11, said he's looking forward to serving again.

"I'm excited to be back on the board," he said, adding that he hopes in the next four years, the board will "stay true to the community and do what we set out to do."

Stuckey said she was excited to hear that she'd won.

"It's an exciting opportunity," she said. "It's been a lot of hard work and it's thrilling to finally see it pay off." Stuckey also ran for school board in 2009 and 2011.

She said she hopes the school district will be able to navigate financial challenges without affecting the students in the district.

"I hope we're able to come up with a good building plan ... not just throw up buildings, but actually serve our students," Stuckey said.

Bonnett said she was pleased with the results.

"It was a very, very tough race and I think that speaks volumes to the work candidates put out," Bonnett said.

She said the three new board members are joining a group she called "a well-oiled machine."

"It's going to be important for us to learn each other and learn our strengths," she said. "I think there (are) some very different points of view that will make up the school board and we're going to have to work through those."

Bonnett thanked the other candidates.

"It takes a lot to put yourself out there," she said, adding that she knows the others will continue to be involved. "We'll all work together, regardless of who's on the board."

Williams said he hasn't ruled out running for school board again.

"It's still up in the air," he said, and he'll continue to be involved with the Champaign schools through his job and he still plans to attend board meetings.

Jackson said he hopes the community will become better engaged with the school board and district, adding that he's disappointed by low voter turnout and doesn't believe people have participated in the school district's future facilities process.

"I hope the voters of Unit 4 will engage with the issues facing the district," he said.

News-Gazette reporter Patrick Wade contributed to this story.

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