Turnout was light May 14 in early voting for elections to the Capital School District Board of Education.
The race was between candidates Sean P.M. Christiansen, Dennis S. Hallock Sr., and Faye Della White.
Nary a single voter came to cast a ballot in the first 45 minutes at Hartly Elementary School, while 36 turned up at East Dover between the time voting began at 10 a.m. and the Dover Post's 1 p.m. deadline. The polls were scheduled to close at 8 p.m.
The situation was slightly better at William Henry Middle School with about a dozen casting ballots in a 20-minute period.
Christiansen was camped out at William Henry, greeting voters while seated in a camping chair.
"There have been a lot of people coming by," he said. The most obvious sentiment he had seen during the day was a growing discontent with the current school board and school administration, Christiansen said.
"People are just not happy with the way things are going," he said. Asked about his chances, Christiansen said he felt "pretty good."
"But 8 o'clock will tell," he added.
"School board elections are extremely important," Hallock said when contacted by phone. "This is a chance for people to have their say, to have the opportunity to have their voices heard. This is an opportunity for people to be involved. If they don't have children in the school district, they can be involved by voting."
From what he observed while visiting William Henry Middle School, Hallock said voters have been "pretty scarce."
"From what I saw, a group of people will come in and then there will be nobody for a while, and then another group will come in and then there will be nobody.
"That's kind of where things are."
Candidate Faye Della White, standing outside East Dover Elementary, said it appeared people did not seem concerned a school board election was going on.
"If the number of parents just sitting at home would come out here, but they aren't," she said. "They're not doing anything."
Some voters who did come to the polls said they did so because they want to hold elected officials responsible for their actions.
"School boards make decisions about how the schools are run," Wendy Cannon said. "Basically, the buck stops with them.
"I value education and I value my right to vote."
Kristen Ridgeway voted because she has children attending district schools.
"We need someone who knows what's really happening in our schools," she said.
Vanessa Withers-Little concurred.
"We have a graduating senior in the Capital School district," she said. "We want to make sure Capital is well represented."
Page 2 of 2 - The district's future was on the mind of Glenn Whitt, who has two children in the district.
"I think there are a lot of issues in the Capital School District that need to be addressed," he said. "I want to see the district keep moving in the right direction."
Financing was on Mike Ciccarelli's mind.
"The schools have the biggest cut of the taxpayer dollar, from what I know," he said. "I think the school board has to get a little more conservative in these economic times."
Due to our press deadlines, the Dover Post is unable to provide election results in this issue. See our webpage, www.doverpost.com, for complete election results, and our Friday, May 17 issue for comments from the candidates.