The Journal Gazette
Thursday, November 05, 2020 1:00 am

Bid for 3rd term dashed

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Voters in East Allen County Schools apparently wanted a change despite a candidate's wish for a third and final term.

But they also endorsed the board's pick for the District 4E seat, which became vacant last fall and required an appointee to carry out the remainder of the term.

Scott Garner challenged incumbent Steve Screeton for the District 4E seat, viewing the election as a chance to let the voters – not the school board – decide who's best for it.

Garner got 2,397 votes, not enough to upset Screeton, a retired teacher who received 2,955 votes – about 55%, according to unofficial election results released Wednesday.

In District 5R, newcomer Jennifer Blackburn won more than half the votes in a three-way race.

Her 10,968 votes led incumbent Bob Nelson's 7,415 and Lee James Wilson Jr.'s 1,670.

Nelson, who has served as board president, sought his third and final term.

Blackburn, a mother of four EACS students, thanked everyone who took time to vote.

“I am excited for the opportunity to serve on the EACS School Board,” she said in a statement Wednesday. “I look forward to working with the other school board members, the EACS Administration, and our parents and families on building East Allen County Schools up to the best it can be for all of our children.”

Terry Jo Lightfoot, who joined the school board 20 years ago, was the only incumbent who didn't seek reelection.

Unopposed candidate Ron Turpin will fill Lightfoot's District 7E seat.

Board Vice President Todd Buckmaster also was unopposed for his second term for District 6R.

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