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2 incumbents among 6 six elected to Ohio state school board

The Columbus Dispatch |

Voters elected six members to the state Board of Education on Tuesday, returning two of three incumbents and filling one of three open seats with a former state lawmaker, according to unofficial results from the Ohio Secretary of State.

  • Diana Fessler of New Carlisle returns to the state board after two decades, winning unopposed to represent the 1st district spanning 24 counties from Union County to Williams County in the northwest corner of Ohio.
  • In the 5th district, challenger Christina Collins, a former teacher and curriculum specialist from Medina, defeated incumbent Lisa Woods, also of Medina. The district includes all or parts of eight counties, from Richland County north to the Cleveland suburbs.
  • In the 6th district, Antoinette Miranda, interim chair of Ohio State’s Department of Teaching and Learning and who lives in Columbus, won a second four-year term. The 6th district covers most of Franklin County and all of Delaware and Knox counties.
  • In the 9th district, Michelle Newman, a marketing consultant from Newark, defeated long-time Republican state Rep. Ron Hood for an open seat on the board. The district includes the eastern portions of Franklin and Pickaway counties, and stretches east to Guernsey County.
  • In the 10th district, Brendan Shea, a financial advisor from London, had a narrow lead over Mary Binegar, a retired teacher from Springfield, with most precincts counted late Tuesday. The 17-county district includes Madison County and portions of Pickaway County, stretching south to the Ohio River.
  • In northeast Ohio’s 11th district, incumbent Meryl Johnson, a retired teacher from Cleveland, was elected to a second term.

The 19-member school board includes 11 elected members representing regions of the state and eight at-large members appointed by the governor. All are limited to serving two, four-year terms. The panel creates policy and makes recommendations for K-12 education and hires the state superintendent.

Learn more about the Ohio State Board of Education.