By Brett Dalton
The Journal Staff
Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2008 12:54 AM CDT
Despite a determined effort from the challenger, each of the three R-7 Board of Education incumbents were re-elected on Tuesday. Jeff Tindle, Jack Wiley and Jon Plaas retained their seats on the Board of Education, as challenger Sherri Tucker was turned back by voters in her effort to gain a spot on the board.However, Tucker, who campaigned on the interest of students with special needs, enjoyed plenty of support on Tuesday. Out of the more than 23,220 votes cast in Jackson and Cass County, as well as in Kansas City, Tucker received 4,679, just 386 less than Plaas' 5,065. Tucker defeated Plaas in Cass County, 93 to 86, and in Kansas City, 110 to 85. But Plaas received the edge in Jackson County with 4,894 votes to Tucker's 4,476. Tindle and Wiley received significantly more overall votes with 6,925 and 6,557, respectively.Tucker, founder of the Lee's Summit Autism Support Group and the mother of a 14-year-old son with autism, challenged the three incumbents because of what she feels is a lack of support for student with special needs. However, at recent candidates forums, the incumbents argued that special needs advocacy needs to be done in front of the board, rather than from a board seat.Tindle, CFO and associate administrator of Carroll County Memorial Hospital, was elected to a fourth term on the Board of Education. He joined the board in 1999 and has served as board president and vice-president. He also has served on the Missouri School Boards' Association as associate executive director.
Wiley, a technical writer with General Electric in Mission, Kan., won a second term on the board on Tuesday. Plaas, president of his own pharmaceutical operations consulting firm, was re-elected to a third term.