Donnie Thurman Jr., a former high school and college football standout in Cleveland County, was elected to the Cleveland County School Board, according to unofficial returns from Tuesday’s election.
With returns from all 26 precincts, Thurman led the ticket with 19.09 percent of the vote.
Two of the other three seats decided Tuesday went to incumbents, but a pair of incumbents failed to win re-election.
Running second and third in the nine-candidate race for four seats were incumbents Phillip Glover and Kathy Falls. Danny Lee Blanton edged out Darius Griffin in the battle for the fourth spot. Blanton led Griffin by 57 votes out of more than 3,400 cast.
The two other incumbents on the ballot, George Litton and S. Dale Oliver, ran sixth and seventh.
Thurman, a 29-year-old newcomer, is an ordained minister and former football player at Crest High and Gardner-Webb University.
CASAR: In the county’s only contested mayoral race, Eddie Walker was the victor over Donald Ivester, in unofficial returns. Walker had 54.55 percent of the vote, to 45.45 percent for Ivester.
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