Fischer wins school board runoff
Mary Fischer won the remaining seat for the Lee County School Board Tuesday night, defeating her opponent, Arnold Gibbs.
Fischer claimed 53.99 percent of the votes — 72,486 — while Gibbs received 46.01 percent, or 61,783 votes, in the District 1 runoff.
Fischer celebrated with about 65 friends and family at her Cape Coral home Tuesday night. She said she is very excited and very thankful for the votes of confidence.
She thanked her “amazing family and friends who worked so hard on this campaign and to the kids who inspired me to run.”
“This is what it is all about,” Fisher said. “Without the kids we could just lock the doors and go home.”
Once Fisher is seated on the board, she said she will hit the ground running and will work hard to improve the educational experience students receive academically, socially and personally.
“What I would like to do is build a collaboration with the other board members and work together to set some priorities including the search for the new superintendent and work and move the district forward and in an upward and positive motion,” Fischer said.
“Thank you everyone,” she added.
Gibbs said he wishes Fischer and all of the board members well because he wants the best for the children.
“I’m surprised, but I think my opponent ran a good race,” Gibbs said. “I respect her and admire her for the person she is.”
He believes the seat Fischer will occupy will require a lot of strength and she will wind up being the swing vote.
“I hope she can answer to the voice of reason,” he said.
Gibbs also said that the board is going to need some serious coming together because it needs to become more stabilized for the children.
“I was talked into running because I was concerned about what I was seeing on the news,” Gibbs said. “I really wanted to make a difference. I hope things work out for our kids.”
District 4, which is the northern portion of Cape Coral and North Fort Myers was won by Don Armstrong in the primary election, He defeated school board chairman Steven Teuber.
Tom Scott won the District 5 primary election, which encompasses Lehigh Acres and East Fort Myers. He defeated school board member Elinor Scricca.