Boles wins board seat

Posted in: News
By Todd Brooks
Feb 14, 2013 - 9:41:29 AM

Marlow residents chose their next school board member Tuesday by electing Brad Boles to Position No. 3.
He defeated challenger Julie Sanders tallying 393-252 votes. Boles secured 60.9 percent of the vote for the position vacated by Robert Greer.
“I’m excited about being elected,” Boles said. “I’m really appreciative of the people of Marlow for voting for me. From what I understand, it was a high turnout, which means to me Marlow cares a lot about their schools.”
Boles edged Sanders in absentee balloting (5-3) and early voting (17-8), but won Election Day voting by more than 100 votes (371-241).
“I’m looking forward to working with board members and Superintendent George Coffman,” Boles said. “I want the kids to continue to get a great education. It’s part of a great Marlow tradition, and I want to continue that for the future.”
The 29-year-old will be sworn in at next month’s board meeting, but he is already looking to get a head start by going to a workshop next week for new board members, which will allow him to already have some requirements behind him before he takes his seat on the board.
It was Boles’ first run for public office, and he admits he did not know what to expect.
“I’ve never done anything like this before,” he said. “I underestimated the nerves I would have on Election Day. Everything is out of your control and you just hope the citizens are going to vote for you. It was an exciting experience, and one I’ll never forget.”
Boles does not plan to take an overly-aggressive approach once he is seated.
“There are a lot of challenges the school faces,” Boles said. “The first thing I am going to do is to take a look at the financial numbers. I know a little about it, but I want to get a good look at them.
“For schools, everything revolves around finances. You can’t just go in and start to do things if the money is not there.”

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