New Hanover County voted to fill three spots on the seven-member Board of Education. Democratic and Republican parties both fielded three candidates for the four-year positions.
Based on the unofficial results, Republican Lisa Beth Estep, won re-election to her second term on the board. A mother of a special needs student, Estep is the Board of Education representative for the Advisory Council for Exceptional Students (ACES). ACES helps evaluate and advise New Hanover County schools on their ability to serve special needs students.
Republican Jeannette Nichols won her re-election to her fifth term. The retired teacher has served on the board since 2000, as vice chair of the board since 2002.
Republican David Lee Wortman was elected to his first term on the board. Wortman has a legal practice but lives with his two children in Wilmington. He has said creating a forum for communication between parents and the Board of Education will be his major priority.
The results of the race are unofficial until the canvass, which will take place on Nov. 18, 10 days after the election. During the canvass, provisional ballots and absentee ballots postmarked on or near election day are counted. At that point, the final numbers will be released and election results will be made official.
Below you will find the unofficial numbers for New Hanover County Board of Education race:
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