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Morgan reclaims District 7 seat

By MEGHAN BRADBURY / news@breezenewspapers.com - | Aug 21, 2020

School board incumbent Cathleen Morgan received more than 50 percent of the votes for the District 7 at-large seat in the Aug. 18 Primary Election, reclaiming the seat for what she says will be her final term.

Residents in Lee County took to the polls to vote for Pete Bohatch, Morgan and Curt Sheard for District 7, which was open to all voters. Morgan received 66,752 votes (52.36 percent); Bohatch received 38,140 votes (29.91 percent) and Sheard received 22,605 votes (17.73 percent).

When a candidate receives a majority of the votes casted, or 50 percent plus one vote, the candidate receiving the majority vote wins the election.

For Morgan, this is her third and final run for school board.

“First of all, I am very, very grateful to have won the Primary,” Morgan said. “I’m glad it’s done and am really looking forward to working with the superintendent and the board for my last term. I am excited.”

Morgan, who has been on the board since 2012, worked in investment banking as an operations management and administration department head, as well as in commercial banking as an operations management and administration vice. Her top three issues are funding, learning readiness and community collaboration.

“I’ve been hoping so much that the public has been supportive of the work the board has been doing over the last couple of years. I am very grateful and very pleased,” Morgan said.

Voters residing in District 2 cast their vote for one of four candidates: Emroy Cavin, Charla Fox, incumbent Melisa Giovannelli and John “Jeff” McCullers. Giovannelli received 12,350 votes (42.03 percent) and McCullers received 8,334 (28.37 percent) advancing them to the General Election. Fox had 6,398 votes (21.78 percent) and Cavin accumulated 2,299 votes (7.82 percent).

For District 3, voters residing within this district casted their vote for Brian DiGrazio, incumbent Chris Patricca and Jacqueline Perez. Patricca will move forward to the General Election with 12,530 votes (39.04 percent) and Perez with 9,964 votes (31.04 percent). DiGrazio received 9,604 votes (29.92 percent).

Since the candidates in District 2 and District 3 did not receive a majority of the votes casted, the names of the two candidates who received the highest number of votes will advance to the General Election.

All results are unofficial until certified.