Alachua County School Board candidates react
Candidates for the District 2 and 4 school board seats in Alachua County awaited election results Tuesday night at the County's Administration Building.
There, they watched results slowly trickle in on a screen -- along with a crowd of candidates from other races, their family members and friends.
"Well, I'm feeling really hurt," said Janie S. Williams, current school board chair. "The workers that I had with me -- some of my childhood friends, as well as my neighbors. They worked so hard with me."
Williams' opponent, Barbara Sharpe, sang a different tune on her way home Tuesday night.
"I'll be happy to get back on the board so I can hit the ground running," Sharpe said. "I know we need to do some lobbying to try to get the legislators to restore the funding for public schools. And I have been there and done that, and I have the expertise, and I think that I could put my proven leadership to work."
Meanwhile, District 2 candidate Eileen Roy celebrated her apparent victory as well.
"This is a victory for children, especially those who haven't had their needs met," Roy said. "It's a victory for working people, teachers, bus drivers, custodians and all the people in the system that are the real everyday heroes. It's a victory for the tax payers who rightly expect the school board to be smart and proactive with tax dollars."
Roy's opponent Jeannine Cawthon said she hopes Roy enjoys the next four years on the board and that she does not plan to run again in the future.
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