Kristina Mayer and Gary Frogner were the top two vote-getters in the primary election race for Chimacum School District's open District 3 seat, meaning they'll face off in the fall General election …
Kristina Mayer and Gary Frogner were the top two vote-getters in the primary election race for Chimacum School District's open District 3 seat, meaning they'll face off in the fall General election to determine who wins that seat.
When the polls closed Tuesday evening, Aug. 6., 24% of the 9,915 eligible to vote in Chimacum School District's zone 3 had cast a ballot.
The ultimate victor will serve on a board that faces dropping enrollment and staff upheaval, with the district's unions having taken a vote of no-confidence in Superintendent Rick Thompson. Chimacum School District enrolls about 940 students, employs 120 classified and certificate-holding staff and operates with a budget of nearly $15 million.
Mayer attracted almost thrice as many votes as any of the other candidates, taking 53% of all votes cast.
In The Leader pre-election questionnaire, Mayer described herself as someone who has worked in schools and as an activist working on Washington school reform measures since 1993. She objected to being asked her position on the Chimacum teachers unions' votes of no confidence in Superintendent Rich Thompson.
Frogner touted his status as a father and grandfather of Chimacum students and said his experiences as a career submarine officer, engineer and business executive have prepared him to make sound policy for Chimacum Schools. Frogner holds a master's degree and two bachelors' degrees and said that as a retiree he has the time and energy the board position will demand.
Frogner said he supports the unions' rights to publicize their no-confidence votes, but said he personally does not know enough about the situation to declare a position.
Mayer and Frogner's run-off will be decided in the fall election by a simple majority.
Eliminated from the contest were Steve Martin and Jeremy Perrott.