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Barbara Read Wins Partial Term on Dexter School Board

The Dexter mom will join the school board as a trustee in January.

Dexter resident Barbara Read defeated incumbent Chris Gordon for the partial-term trustee seat on the Dexter Community Schools Board of Education.

Read received 2,433 votes to Gordon's 2,077 votes, according to unofficial results from Washtenaw County.

Incumbents Larry Cobler and Bonnie Everdeen were also re-elected in an uncontested race for a six-year term each. Cobler received 3,468 votes, and Everdeen received 3,629 votes.

Read said she is a grateful to all of the voters and supporters who came out to the polls on Election Day.

"Right now I'm feeling grateful. I would not be Dexter's newest school board member without the support of my family and friends," Read said in a written statement.

"My husband David has been there all along the way with great advice and a willingness to pitch in whether it was to place flyers, stand in the cold at the polls campaigning for me or just cook dinner. My oldest daughter Amy is my late night college pal since she's living out west. She stayed up with me until 3 a.m., my time to wait for the final election results to come in. Charlotte, Sarah, Seth and even Matthew have helped with advice and legwork and are I think willing to put up with the embarrassment of having a mom on the school board. They know how much this means to me."

Read said she is ready to go to work and help the school district continue to grow its footprint in the community.

"I would like to thank everyone who voted for me. I am ready to put in the time and energy required to be an outstanding school board member. Although I will not be sworn in until January, I will be spending the next two months preparing for the job," Read said.

Gordon congratulated his opponent on Wednesday and said he looks forward to watching her progress on the board.

"My congratulations to Barbara Read for conducting a successful campaign. I look forward to seeing her help the Board of Education navigate the challenges that lie ahead for Dexter Community Schools," Gordon said.

A complete list of unofficial results from the state, county, and local elections is available on Patch.com.

Tina November 07, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Congratulations, Barbara! I know you will be a wonderful addition to the school board.
Julie Norwood November 07, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Congratulations! You will do a great job.
Jen Drenner November 07, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Way to go Barbra! You will make an excellent school board member. I am always in awe of your hard work and dedication. I look forward to working with you on the PTTs for many more years! Jen

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