Staff Photo: John Bohn Gwinnett schools board of education member Louise Radloff watches election results as opponents of the charter amendment gather at the Gwinnett School District Instructional Support Center in Suwanee Tuesday evening.
SUWANEE -- A group of female elected officials with more than 60 years of collective experience on the Gwinnett County Board of Education held on to their posts Tuesday after going up against political newcomers.
Voters in Gwinnett County re-elected Louise Radloff, Carole Boyce and Mary Kay Murphy, who make up a majority of the five-person board.
In the District 1 race, Boyce defeated Democratic challenger Jennah Es-Sudan. Boyce got 32,271 votes or about 57 percent, while Es-Sudan earned 23,965 votes or about 43 percent.
Boyce said she is "thrilled to be able to continue in the role. It's a fine organization, and I'm thrilled to be able to represent Gwinnett citizens once again."
Es-Sudan could not be reached for comment.
The District I post includes all or part of the Archer, Brookwood, Central Gwinnett, Dacula, Grayson, Mill Creek, Mountain View and South Gwinnett clusters, in addition to Hooper Renwick and Oakland Meadow School.
In the District 3 race, Murphy defeated Democratic challenger Jen Falk, garnering 24,439 votes or about 60 percent. Falk got 16,541 votes or about 40 percent.
Murphy thanked the voters "who have made it possible for us to continue the great work of our board of education another four years. I'm looking forward to what the future holds in our district."
Falk said after campaigning for a year, she was happy with a dialogue that she said has been started "about things that needed to be addressed, like the budget, class size, graduation rate. The same things that we talked about during the campaign still exist and we still need to talk about these issues."
The District 3 post represents all or part of the Collins Hill, Duluth, Lanier, Norcross, North Gwinnett, and Peachtree Ridge clusters, as well as Buice School, Monarch School, and New Life Academy of Excellence in Duluth.
In the District 5 race, Radloff defeated Republican Candidate H.K. Dido. Radloff got 15,547 votes or about 77 percent, while Dido earned 4,721 votes or about 23 percent.
Radloff thanked "the voters who went out and supported me so I can continue in the best interest of the schools and the kids we serve. We want to continue to work together as a team."
Dido could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.
The District 5 post includes all or portions of the Berkmar, Duluth, Meadowcreek, and Norcross clusters in addition to GIVE West; Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Maxwell High School of Technology; and New Life Academy of Excellence in Norcross.
New terms for the board members begin January 2013.