Community votes in Lonergan, Cantrell, Wagner and White to District 117 board

By Ryne Turke on April 8, 2015 at 7:07am

Mike Lonergan, Steven Cantrell, Corinne Wagner and Libby White have been elected to the four open seats of District 117’s school board.

District 117’s consolidated election results totaled 5,913 votes and a 10.1 percent voter turnout.

Lonergan, who received 1,401 votes, and Cantrell, who earned 1,337 votes, will return to the school board after successful re-election campaigns.

Newcomers Wagner, 1,277 votes, and White, 1,158 votes, will be serving their first terms on the District 117 school board.

Anthony Stevens, who received 740 votes, was unsuccessful in his attempt at joining the school board.

Wagner says all five candidates brought unique values to the table, but was thrilled to be selected to the board.

“That being said, I’m looking forward to the chance of having a voice. That is all I have every wanted through this process of what I thought would be something different and from a new perspective. I’m excited to get started,” says Wagner.

Wagner feels she earned the trust of educators in District 117 from her work at Turner Junior High and North Elementary.

Wagner says she is prepared for the challenge in front of her, even though she has lived in Jacksonville for a short time.

“Four years ago, someone approached me about running. I would not have said (I was ready) then,” says Wagner.

I think I am in a much better spot now and settled in the community. I feel like I want to stay here. I have a good sense of what the community is looking for in the school district and the direction we are heading.”

White says she is excited to be a voice for the community and is ready to take on the responsibilities of a board member.

“I plan to exercise my position here and bring a lot to the table,” says White.

White says her positive characteristics and goals at recent meetings helped her stand out to voters.

“My leadership and listening skills, ability to be unbiased and really look at things as a whole. I won’t be following suit with what everyone else wants to do. I will look at spending, what is available and what is best for the community,” says White.

The next District 117 school board meeting is scheduled for April 15th.