Close race for Champaign school board

Close race for Champaign school board

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school board race was close — so close that just 30 votes separated the second-place winner, who won a seat, from the fourth-place winner, who didn't.

Five candidates were running for three four-year terms on the school board.

Lynn Stuckey earned 1,739 votes, finishing second behind Scott MacAdam, who had 2,043. That's a difference of 304 votes.

Stuckey finished ahead of Laurie Bonnett, who was also elected, by 18 votes.

Stuckey was 30 votes ahead of fourth-place finish John Williams III, who finished 12 votes behind Bonnett. Candidate Chuck Jackson finished 149 votes behind Williams.

MacAdam, Stuckey and Bonnett will be sworn at the board's 6 p.m. May 6 meeting at the Mellon Administrative Center.

All the candidates won and finished last in some precincts, and the largest margin of votes between the first- and second-place finisher in one precinct was 48.

That was in the Champaign 3 precinct, in which MacAdam earned 115 votes and Jackson came in second with 67. Champaign 3 is in southwest Champaign.

The next largest margin was in the City of Champaign 1 precinct, in which Williams earned 111 votes. Stuckey finished second in that precinct with 79 votes. That precinct is on Champaign's north side.

MacAdam won or tied for first in the most precincts, in 31 of 53.

Stuckey had the next most wins or ties for first, with 14 of 53.

Stuckey is no stranger to close races.

She lost an election bid to the school board in 2009 by two votes, and by a larger margin in 2011, when she lost by 1,180 votes.

MacAdam earned 23.2 percent of the vote, and Stuckey earned 19.8 percent. Bonnett earned 19.6 percent, Williams, 19.5 percent. Jackson earned 17.8 percent of the vote.

Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten said he thought the "lack of organized campaigning" contributed to "miserable" voter turnout for races throughout Champaign, not just for the school board.

Total voter turnout in Champaign County was 12.8 percent.

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