Yelm Community Schools Board of Directors incumbent Donna R. Edwards led Tuesday’s primary election with 44.3 percent of the vote, with challenger Denice Lingle also advancing to the November general election with 35.4 percent.
As of Tuesday evening, Edwards led her two challengers with 1,124 votes. Karen “Kay” Anderson, the third candidate in the race, received 18.65 percent of the vote, according to the Thurston County Auditor’s Office.
So far, 2,517 votes have been tallied.
Edwards told the Nisqually Valley News on Tuesday night she wasn’t necessarily expecting to see her substantial lead.
“I’m glad I made it through,” she said. “We’ll have to see … I’m a little surprised. I didn’t even put in campaign signs. I figured if people wanted change, they’d go the other way.”
Edwards said she doesn’t agree with the politicization of school board elections and hopes that her record, especially on promoting school safety, stands for itself.
“I don’t have any intentions of going out and buying signs and politicizing myself,” she said. “I tend to go on my record, my history, the volunteering we’ve done and how important this community is to me ... Our roots run deep in this community and school has always been important to me.”
The Yelm Community Schools Board of Directors is the legislative authority that hears matters and oversees district policy on behalf of residents.
District 2 is one of five director districts. It covers much of southeast Yelm and includes parts of the downtown area, Yelm Creek and the Five Corners area.
Primary election results will be certified Tuesday, Aug. 20. Voter turnout tallied around 19.7 percent with first counts.
The two candidates with the most votes advance to the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Voters can register or update current registration in person up until 8 p.m. on election day.