With only three candidates, the question of who would take the three open seats on the Bexley Board Education was never in doubt Tuesday, Nov. 5.
The only thing that remained to be seen was how those in the running would place.
According to unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections, with all 10 Bexley precincts reporting as of 10:05 p.m., the board’s current president, Carol Fey, took first with 1,916 votes, or 35 percent.
The board’s current vice president, Marlee Snowdon, finished second with 1,842 votes, or 34 percent.
Challenger John Barno, who had conducted an unsuccessful bid for a seat on the board in 2011, garnered 1,713 votes, or 31 percent.
He will take the seat now occupied by Anne Brown, who chose not to run. Brown had filled the remaining two years of a four-year unexpired term left vacant by Diane Peterson, who resigned from her position in 2011.
A fourth candidate, Natalie Coles, had entered the race, but an error on her filing petition led to her elimination from the contest. It was her second attempt in seeking a board seat in as many years.
Elected in 2009, Fey is finishing her first term on Bexley’s board of education and her second year as president of the panel. She previously served as the PTO president at Cassingham Elementary and Bexley Middle schools, in addition to participating on various district task forces and committees related to budget and curriculum.
Fey has a private legal practice focuses on legal issues affecting families and children.
Also elected in 2009, Snowdon has served as the board’s representative on the school district’s Athletic Board, Health and Wellness Committee, and the Bexley Department of Recreation.
Snowdon practiced labor and employment law in Chicago and Houston before settling in Bexley and staying home to raise her children. Before joining the school board, she was the president of the Maryland Elementary PTO, as well as the co-chairwoman for the Maryland Playground Project and the districtwide effort to bring full-day kindergarten to Bexley.
Barno is an attorney and the owner/managing partner of Barno Law LLC, located in Bexley. He is a past board member with the Bexley Area Chamber of Commerce and its current second vice president.