Beverly Shamblin’s gamble to run as a write-in candidate for Lancaster School Board with a week before the election didn’t pan out for her, with her losing her bid in receiving 747 votes.
The Erie County Board of Elections oversaw a hand count of the write-in votes Wednesday morning at Lancaster High School. Shamblin was the lowest vote-getter in a race of five running for three seats.
The Lancaster Parents for Education grassroots group, which has been critical of the district for how it handles the Common Core curriculum and high-stakes testing, had backed Shamblin, as had the teachers’ union.
“I will be on the ballot again next year,” Shamblin vowed Wednesday. “I’m going to board meetings and I want to see the interaction of the board with the public. You need to be there for the people. I’m not going away. My voice will be heard, one way or another.”
Re-elected to three year terms were Board President Marie MacKay, with 1,323 votes, to begin her fifth term; and Patrick Uhteg, the top vote-getter with 1,595 votes for a second term. The third seat was won by Michael Sage, a newcomer, with 1,497 votes.
Susan Malyszka received 953 votes. Board member Robert Szatkowski did not seek re-election.