OLIVESBURG — A crowded ballot for the Crestview Board of Education has been whittled down to four victors after Tuesday's election.
David Kissel, Debbie Reidy and Jamie McGraw were elected to the three available full-time seats on the Crestview Board of Education. According to final unofficial results from the Richland and Ashland County Boards of Elections, Kissel earned 543 votes, Reidy received 593 votes and McGraw garnered 409 votes. Reidy and McGraw were both incumbents.
The three candidates defeated Ducia Hamm, Nathaniel Patton and Jessica Tucker, who earned 309, 375 and 367 votes respectively.
Dara Bolin was the winner of the unexpired term seat with 516 votes, defeating opponent Ed Sandvik, who earned 374 votes. Bolin will complete an unfinished term due to a board member resigning in December 2018.
Kissel, 40, previously served six years on the Crestview Board of Education. He stated in a pre-election interview he believes the district's greatest challenges are finances, teacher turnover, and making sure Crestview has the right people in place to move the district in the proper direction.
Reidy previously served four years on the Crestview Board of Education. She stated in a pre-election interview she would like to continue to serve the Crestview community in the implementation of the board’s goals, and to follow through on the audits that will guide the district in developing a strategic plan.
McGraw declined to participate in a pre-election interview.
Bolin is the owner of her own barbershop, Dara's Place. She has been involved with the Crestview Athletic Boosters for the past 10 years, serving as secretary for the last six.
"I believe the role of a board member is to help provide the very best education, atmosphere, facilities, teachers, administration and surrounding for the young people of our great community," Bolin said in a pre-election interview. "We have had a great reputation here at Crestview and I'd like to work at keeping that atmosphere here to attract the very best educators, workers, coaches and volunteers to want to come and stay at Crestview."