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— And then there was one.

Joshua Ramsey is the new Pea Ridge School Board member defeating Angie Pratt by a very narrow margin.

Ramsey garnered 133 votes for 50.96 percent of the 262 votes cast; Pratt received 128, 49.04 percent. There are two polling places- Pea Ridge and Gateway. In Pea Ridge, the votes were 128 for Pratt and 118 for Ramsey. In Gateway, there were 15 votes cast, all for Ramsey. There were only 10 less votes cast in the runoff election than in the initial election.

Ramsey, when contacted Tuesday night, said: “It’s an honor and a privilege to be able to serve on the School Board. I’m thankful for the opportunity. My hope is to serve the community to the bestof my abilities.”

Pratt said: “Congratulations to Josh. I think that Josh will do a great job. It was a race.”

Bill Williams with the Election Commission said the commission would go through the votes again because it is so close. He said the commission can not declare a winner, but plans to certify the election on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Ramsey sat at the table with fellow board members but wasnot eligible to vote at Monday’s regular monthly board meeting until he has been sworn in - a task former board president Rick Webb said can be accomplished after the race has been certified.

The run-off election Tuesday was the result of four-way race which was narrowed to two at the general election Sept. 15. Initially, John Cody was the only candidate for the seat being vacated by Mark Davis, who has served onefive-year term. On the final day of filing, Leon Kelley, Angie Pratt and Joshua Ramsey also threw their names into the hat.

In the first race, Pratt received 188 votes for 43.3 percent, while Ramsey received 116, for 42.65 percent. Kelley received 10.66 percent and Cody received 3.31 percent. There were 272 votes cast, 7.4 percent of the 3,653 registered voters in the Pea Ridge School District.

News, Pages 1 on 10/14/2009

Print Headline: Ramsey named new School Board member after run-off

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