Sam Shim has upset David Bressman to gain a seat on the Worthington Board of Education.
Shim, who announced his candidacy early and campaigned hard with a strong band of supporters, came in third place among the four candidates running for three seats on the board.
Bressman, currently serving as board president, will be forced to step down after three terms on the board.
The final unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections Tuesday night showed Jennifer Best leading the pack, with 5,707 votes.
She was followed by Marc Schare, with 4,878 votes.
Shim had 4,872 votes; Bressman had 4,727.
Best and Schare are incumbents and unofficially ran together, stressing the success of the current board in helping put the district in its current positive condition, both academically and fiscally.
“I think the results are an affirmation of the work Jennifer and I have done,” Schare said.
“I think the people want moderation and want the board to balance the needs of the district against the finances of the voters, which are finite.”
Best is the only candidate who grew up in Worthington, and she said she believes that helps her at the polls.
She also agrees with Schare that voters are happy with the progress made by the board, especially with the recent news a new levy will not be needed until at least 2017.
“I appreciate the community’s support and I will work hard to continue to make sure we have a strong school district,” Best said.
She said she will welcome Shim to the board.
“It has been a long time since we have had a new member,” Best said.
Shim said he was thankful for Worthington voters.
“I am humbled and excited for the coming year,” he said.
Shim vowed to make sure the schools stay strong, both fiscally and academically. The financially positive condition of the district should not be taken for granted or wasted, he said.
“We need to make sure the kids get the best education we can,” he said.
Shim thanked his campaign volunteers, 30 of whom were out walking the streets with him to the end of the campaign.
“These are good people who care passionately about the schools and about Worthington,” he said.
Bressman could not be reached for comment.