Williams, Paine, McMurray leading for school board

  • Jennifer Aaby<br>Enterprise writer
  • Monday, March 3, 2008 6:56am

On the Edmonds School Board, all incumbents appear to have retained their seats.

Recently appointed school board member Susan Paine had a nice birthday gift on Tuesday, with results putting her well ahead of Gilbert Honanie Jr., an architect, for position 1. As of late Tuesday night, Paine had received 10,635 votes to Honanie’s 2,491.

“I’m just pleased and can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and do a little bit more,” said Paine, 44.

Paine, who works with at-risk youths, was appointed to the board in September to fill a vacancy.

She said now that she knows she is a permanent school board member, she’s eager to get into the work, particularly of educating the public about the school district’s bond and levy that will appear on the ballot in February and working with staff to develop more support and opportunities to help students pass the Washington Assessment of Student Learning.

“I think those will be two driving issues,” Paine said.

Bruce Williams was leading challenger Roger “Cowboy” Wilson in the race for position 4 on the board, 9,822 votes to 3,552 as of Tuesday night.

Williams, 49, a physician who owns Edmonds Internal Medicine, has served on the school board since 1997 and is its current president.

“I appreciate the confidence of the voters,” Williams said.

Likewise he looks forward to educating the community about the bond and levy and continuing to examine the WASL.

“I hope to see continued improvement in student performance,” he said.

Wilson, 78, is a retired teacher.

Unopposed in her race for election was Ann McMurray, who was appointed to fill position 2 on the board in February 2005.

Herald writer Eric Stevick contributed to this report.

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