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Incumbents retain school seats

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By Michele Roberts

Two incumbents faced off against newcomers in the race for District 4 and District 6 school board seats, and late Tuesday night both incumbents had retained them.

Peter Barry's campaign to keep his District 4 seat against the Rev. AnThony Pelham was successful, as the final tally gave Barry 2,355 votes to Pelham's 1,022 votes.

"It would appear that I have gotten significant support from the district," Barry said late Tuesday night. "It was my intention to compete for every vote in the district. I didn't just focus my efforts on certain precincts; I wanted to appeal to every eligible voter in the book."

"The people have responded and it is apparent that they do not want change," Pelham said. "But we will embrace this and work with the school board to best serve our children."

As for the District 6 race, incumbent Margaret Gamble had 1,298 votes to opponent Robert Pelot's 504 votes, according to unofficial results.

"I want to thank the voters that placed their confidence in me," Gamble said. "I have tried to be an advocate for all children in this district. If these numbers hold true, then the voters have spoken."

Pelot had no comment Tuesday night.