Voters in the Westerville school district won't see a contested race for the school board this November.

The petition of challenger Vashitta Johnson was short by one valid signature, according to Aaron Sellers, spokesman for the Franklin County Board of Elections.

“She (Johnson) will not be on the November ballot for Westerville school board,” Sellers said.

During a Sept. 9 meeting of the elections board, Sellers said, it was determined Johnson had garnered nine more valid signatures that brought her to 149, one short of the 150 valid signatures she needed to appear on the ballot as a school board candidate.

Johnson had appealed the elections board’s earlier decision to not certify her petition when 140 of 216 signatures submitted were found to be valid, according to the board of elections.

“I just want to thank everyone who supported me along the way,” Johnson said. “I want them to know I never gave up, no matter how challenging things became.”

She said she wishes the best to all the candidates running this year for an elected seat.

“It was never about winning or losing but making sure our community is always progressing in the right direction,” Johnson said.

The terms of incumbent Gerrie Cotter and Vaughn E. Bell, who was appointed in November 2018, expire at the end of this year.

Cotter isn’t running for reelection. Bell’s petition has been certified, as has challenger Jennifer Aultman’s paperwork, leaving two candidates to fill two seats.

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