The results are in for the 2012 Kingman Unified School District school board election, but election workers have more counting to do in the next few days.
Laurie Voss Barthlow, Bruce Ricca, Kevin Burgess and Marvin Robertson are competing for two open seats - each carrying a term of four years - on the board. Voss Barthlow holds a commanding lead and Robertson is too far behind to catch up. But a mere 86 votes separated Ricca and Burgess Wednesday afternoon.
"If my count holds and I am elected, (I'll) assume it will be due to the fact that I have some experience on the board already," Voss Barthlow said in an email to the Miner. "I am grateful for the seeming confidence of the voters, and thank them for the opportunity to continue working on the board."
Proposition 204, the one-cent sales tax that would've been dedicated to education and infrastructure, failed miserably. Voss Barthlow expects the district to face some funding challenges as a result.
"I believe funding and budget considerations will be the first priority for the new board," she said.
Though he's not ready to claim victory just yet, Ricca is beginning to lean that way. He'll wait for the final unofficial results, which could come as early as Friday afternoon, to really believe it, though.
"I'm going to hang loose and keep checking in on (the tally)," Ricca said. "But I'm thrilled and happy for the response."
He expected Voss Barthlow to do well because of her dedication and experience, but he saw Robertson as his biggest competition.
"I expected Marvin to do better than he did because of his experience," Ricca said. "Kevin surprised me with the votes he got."
Burgess is keeping his eye on the results, but if it turns out that he didn't win, he has a backup plan.
If he doesn't earn enough votes to claim a seat, he will submit a letter of interest for deceased school board member Bill Goodale's vacant seat, as he had two years remaining on his term.
"I don't get down about things like these," Burgess said. "If I don't win, I'll congratulate Laurie and Bruce and wish them the best."
People interested in fulfilling Bill Goodale's term of office on the school board, which expires December 2014, may submit a letter of interest and their résumé to the Governing Board, Kingman Unified School District, 3033 MacDonald Ave. The deadline to submit is 5 p.m. Nov. 14.