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February 13, 2013

Boles wins vote for Marlow school board

DUNCAN —  

If absentee voting was any indication on how the Marlow Board of Education election would go, the results were right on track.
Brad Boles is the newest member of the school board, having been voted into the position Tuesday with 393 votes, versus opponent Julie Sanders, who received 252 votes.
“I’m excited,” Boles said. “This is the first time I’ve been through this experience. In general, it was humbling, putting my name out there.
“I’ve been in sports and business, but this is a situation I’ve never been involved in. Not knowing what to expect was nerve-wracking. My family, they really helped to pull it together.”
Boles will follow Robert Greer, who spent 15 years in seat 3 of the school board. Greer chose not to run for re-election, leading to the race between Boles and Sanders. Boles will be sworn-in during the March 4 regular school board meeting.
He is a graduate of Marlow High School, having spent his primary and secondary education in the Marlow School System. He is also the president of Wilco Machine and Fab.
Sanders is also a Marlow graduate and works part-time for the Oklahoma Parents Center. She is the chairwoman of the Smart Start Board for Stephens County.
During her campaign, Sanders wanted to focus on setting anti-bullying standards for the school district, something she plans to continue.
“I hope the school keeps growing,” Sanders said. “Brad and I had a good campaign. I’m still going to be focusing on the same campaigns.
“I’ve got a second-grader. He keeps me busy.”
A couple precincts noted higher than expected turnout Tuesday, especially when the weather was taken into account.
Around 4:30 p.m., precinct 33 at the Church of the Nazarene in Marlow (the largest of the five voting precincts in Marlow School District) had 210 voters, which went up to 322 by 7 p.m. Precinct 32 at Cumberland Presbyterian Church, the second largest precinct in the school district, had 180 voters at 4:30 p.m. This number finished at 210 voters.

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