Wednesday, November 5, 2003

Outsider, insider win W. Clermont



By Cindy Kranz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

In a test of how small schools resonate with the community, West Clermont voters returned one of two incumbents to the school board.

Incumbent Barbara Hartman was re-elected with 24 percent of the vote. Voters also elected challenger Linda Bloom with 22 percent.

Other candidates were Joel Steinmetz, who received 21 percent, incumbent Cynthia Petrey, 20 percent, and Geoff Green, 14 percent.

The district's redesign of its two high schools into 10 small schools, as well as school funding and the district's finances, were among issues in the election.

In the Milford Exempted Village School District, voters returned incumbents Carol Ball, with 36 percent of the vote, and Martha DiBiasse, with 34 percent.

Challenger Douglas Lantz received 31 percent.

Unofficial winners in other school board elections were:

• Batavia: Incumbent Barbara Ruth Bruner and Michael Enriquez.

• Bethel-Tate: Pam Sandker and incumbent Kevin G. McKee.

• Clermont Northeastern: Jayne Mummert and incumbents Mike Freeman and Patricia Spencer.

• Felicity-Franklin: Willie Estep and incumbent Teresa Battista.

• New Richmond: Incumbent David S. Hawkins and David Painter.

E-mail ckranz@enquirer.com




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