School board: Poole, Thurston easily win seats

Posted: Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Two new women will join the Juneau School Board, after Kim Poole and Barbara Thurston easily outpaced the third candidate in their race, Ivan Nance, on election day.

Nance was quick to praise his competitors Tuesday evening after the result was known.

"You've got two good people on the school board," Nance said. "Kim and Barbara will be great."

Three candidates were running for two open seats, with the two winners each more than doubling Nance's vote total.

"I think the voters liked the variety of experience that Barbara and I bring," Poole said. "She brings much more of an analytical view, and I'm more philosophical."

Thurston, an actuary, said voters told her they liked her financial background, and she thought her experience working on several committees was also a strong point for voters.

"I have spent a lot of time working on school issues, and that probably gave some people comfort that I would be able to hit the ground running."

"I think they've put a lot of trust in us that we're going to have to live up to," Poole said.

All three candidates praised their opponents, saying that the contest focused entirely on how to improve schools and strategies for doing that.

"You don't see that on the national level, what you see (there) is a mud wrestling spectacle," Nance said. "It's nice to see that's not the case at this level."

Nance said he was confident the voters had added two highly qualified members to the school board.

"If I'd gotten elected I would have felt a little bit sheepish about it because both of them are certainly highly qualified," he said.

All results remain unofficial until they are certified Oct. 12.

• Contact reporter Pat Forgey at 523-2250 or patrick.forgey@ juneauempire.com.



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