John C. Martin Jr. was elected to the Capital School District Board of education in Tuesday's election. Martin will be replacing Phillip Martino Jr., who decided to step down from the board after serving for 10 years. Six candidates vied for the at-large seat, which has a five year term, but in the end Martin came out on top with a total of 329 votes.
John C. Martin Jr. was elected to the Capital School District Board of education in Tuesday’s election. Martin will be replacing Phillip Martino Jr., who decided to step down from the board after serving for 10 years. Six candidates vied for the at-large seat, which has a five year term, but in the end Martin came out on top with a total of 329 votes.
“I’m extremely ecstatic,” Martin said. “I appreciate the fact that there was a great deal of energy and I also think we had a lot of first time voters turn out. I find that exciting. It makes me think that people realize that everyone should have access to what goes on in their district.”
Martin has plans to hit the ground running when he begins his term on the board of education.
“The first thing I need to do is get to know the fellow board members and to work with them closely to make the tough decisions we need to continue to improve our district,” Martin said.
Sharese C. Paylor earned the second highest number of votes, with a total of 220 votes. Paylor was disappointed by what she saw as slim voter turnout.
“Certainly I’m not pleased that I did not win, but I congratulate Mr. Martin,” Paylor said. “I think it was a decent turn out, but comparing it to Caesar Rodney and listening to the numbers, certainly Capital School District needs to do a better job turning out the voters and people need to take the school board elections just as seriously as they do in the Caesar Rodney District.”
Curtis Raymond came in behind Paylor with 196 votes. Raymond was pleased with the way the race was run.
“I’m disappointed but I feel that we ran a really good race, a really fine race,” Raymond said. “I’m proud of all the people that helped me. I congratulate Mr. Martin. He ran a good race.”
Dennis Hallock Sr. earned a total of 82 votes, putting him in fourth place. Despite the loss Hallock plans to continue serving the district.;
“I’ve volunteered for the last almost nine years for Capital,” Hallock said. “There was not a candidate that ran this year that knows Capital better than I do, or that has even stepped foot in Capital more times than I have. I still become confused about how things work and why they work the way that they do. Clearly it’s not what you know, but who you know. Not to say that John is not going to do a great job, but obviously I don’t think he’s the best person for the job, otherwise I wouldn’t have run. Nonetheless I will continue to help out the way I have for the last nine plus years.”
Muriel C. Thomas took the fifth spot in the election with 13 votes.
“I feel pretty good about the race I guess,” Thomas said. “Congratulations to [Martin]”
Howard Earle received three votes in Tuesday’s election. Earle was happy to see democracy at work.
“It’s good to see the system working and to see democracy at its best,” Earle said. “I wish the winner the best and I wish him success in helping to make the Capital district the best it can be. I want to thank everybody that participated.”
Martin’s term will begin on July 1 and his term will end on June 30 of 2019.