Mingo school board race ends in confusing results

Rachel Dove rbaldwin@civitasmedia.com

May 14, 2014

By Rachel Dove


WILLIAMSON - If someone was looking at the totals for the results of the Mingo County Board of Education race in the 2014 primary election, it would appear that the three top finishers are June Mitchell Glover with 2,410 votes, Mark Colegrove with 2,295 and Robert Adams Jr. with 1,945.

But, due to the districts where the respective candidates live, that is not the case.

Election statutes state that no more than two school board members can live in the same district. Since Dave Farley, a seated board member, lives in Lee District, only one of the winners Tuesday night can live there. In Tuesday night’s race, the second- and third-place finishers are both from that district.

In cases such as this, the second-place finisher, in this case Colegrove, would win the nomination. Adams may not claim a seat because of this rule, so fourth-place finisher Jacqueline Branch, who received 1,802 votes, will step up and serve on the board.

Incumbent school board member Steven “Cheetah” Marcum was next behind Branch with 1,403 votes; Hester Keatley received 1,111 votes and Josh Davis finished the race with a total of 1,042 votes, followed by Gary W. Davis Sr. with 802. Two votes were credited to an unidentified write-in candidate.

Only two Board of Education seats were orginally scheduled to be on the 2014 ballot, but former board member Mike Carter resigned when he accepted the appointment to fill the unexpired term of County Commissioner Dave Baisden, who resigned after pleading guilty in federal court to a charge of extortion.