Thursday, November 8, 2012
Two incumbents and a retired school administrator will help lead Dorchester School District 2 for the next four years
Sam Clark, a retired DD2 administrator who will take the seat vacated by former board member Bo Blanton, will join incumbents Barbara Crosby and Lisa Tupper, both elected to the board in 2008.
Crosby received the most votes of the seven candidates vying for three seats on the DD2 board, with 17,694. Tupper was next with 16,208. Clark garnered 14,323 votes.
Crosby, who with her husband essentially waged a two-person, shoe-leather-and-skinned-knuckle campaign, said she was grateful for the community support. The Crosbys personally knocked on some 6,000 doors and distributed 3,000 flyers across Dorchester County, among other efforts, during her campaign, she said.
“I’m really humbled, gratified, and grateful,” she said. “We worked hard – my husband was my strongest supporter and I couldn’t have done it without him – and I am grateful for everyone’s support. I will continue to do what I’ve done – keep my word, hold us accountable, and most importantly, work for the best interests of the children. I promise not to let anyone down.”
Tupper and Clark also expressed deep gratitude to everyone who supported them and said they looked forward to working for the best interests of the children of District 2.
“I am very appreciative of those who voted for me and know all the board members will work together to keep students the priority,” Tupper said. “I’m also thankful the referendum passed! A lot of people put a lot of work into getting information out, and I’m glad the community came out and supported it. I’m looking forward to releasing some of the overcrowding and the programs we will be able to provide to our high school students with the facility additions we’ll be making.”
“I am thankful for the support of even one voter,” Clark noted. “I am amazed and humbled in receiving thousands of votes. I am eager to get going. I want to collaborate with the other board members and the district staff in making this district even better.”
Of the remaining four candidates, Harry Blake received 12,277 votes; David DuBose received 10,977, Justin Farnsworth 10,169, and Louis Smith 4,175.
Blake thanked his supporters and congratulated the winners, adding that he hoped the board and the district would continue to work as one body.
“They have some very talented people to work with in the district, from the custodians, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, maintenance personnel to students, teachers, principals,
And superintendent. This is a job that’s not for everyone, but for those who choose to take the test.”
DuBose also thanked his supporters and wished the winners the best.
“I was right back at my volunteering today at Summerville High School,” DuBose said Wednesday. “I simply have a passion to help those that need help the most, those that are often overlooked or not seen. I will continue my service in our local schools and most likely will try my bid for school board in two years.”
Farnsworth also thanked his supporters and congratulated the winners, saying he was proud of his campaign and believed it resonated in the community.
“Right now we want to step back, rest, and regroup,” Farnsworth said. “This campaign has been one of the best experiences of my life, and I will always look for opportunities to make a positive impact in the future.”
Smith, too, thanked his supporters and congratulated the winners as well. He also noted and praised the congeniality and focus of all the candidates on issues rather than negativity.
“I would like to congratulate all of the candidates for running a good, strong, issue-oriented, clean campaign,” Smith said. “This has been a good experience.”