Wed, June 26

Simbric wins long vote count<br><i>CV School Board now complete</i>

Staff photo by Carol Keefer

Meet your 2003 Camp Verde Unified School District Governing Board — Bob Simbric, Linda MacPhee, Wendy Escoffier and John Bassous.

Simbric had 150 votes to Frank Blaire's 32. Keene-Wright cautioned though that the count had not yet been officially canvassed, a formality.

To canvass the vote, according to one official, the Yavapai County School Superintendent, Paul Street, and the chair of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, who happens to be Paul's wife, Lorna Street, goes over the figures declaring them final.

Simbric, who entered the race at the last minute, was up against another write-in candidate Frank Blaire. Neither name appeared on the ballot; voters had to physically write their names in on individual ballots. Blaire had attempted to withdraw from the race when Simbric entered in late October, but it was too late, according to an Elections' Department official.

"I'm happy it's done," Simbric said when notified, adding, "The other gentleman would have been an equally qualified candidate, Mr. Blaire, and I hope he runs at a future date."

There were four vacancies on the five-member school board. Other official winners of the Nov. 5 election were: Linda MacPhee (1714) and John Bassous (1479). Both ran unopposed for the two, two-year terms. Wendy Escoffier with a final count of 1953 votes took one of the two vacant four-year seats.

New school board officials assume office in January 2003.