Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board members deadlocked Thursday in their vote to name a new colleague and adjourned the meeting without selecting someone for the open seat.
The board came to an impasse between two candidates, voting 4-4 between Levester Flowers and Pat Martinez. There was no public discussion of the candidates.
“It’s just differences of opinion, as far as I can tell,” said board member Tom Tate.
The school board had called a special meeting to name a new member to replace Joyce Waddell, who took a seat in the state Senate last month. She had represented District 3, which encompasses the area from uptown to University City.
Earlier this week, the school board heard from 11 candidates who had applied for the position.
Board members initially nominated three candidates: Flowers, Martinez and Ruby Jones. Jones garnered two votes in the first round of voting, from Thelma Byers-Bailey and Ericka Ellis-Stewart.
Those two board members split in the second round of voting.
Voting for Flowers was Chairwoman Mary McCray, Vice Chairman Tim Morgan, Rhonda Lennon and Byers-Bailey.
Voting for Martinez was Eric Davis, Paul Bailey, Tate and Ellis-Stewart.
The board will try again Tuesday at its regularly scheduled meeting. All 11 candidates will be eligible to be nominated then, McCray said.
Flowers is a retired Bank of America employee and a regular speaker on schools issues. He has previously run for City Council. He did not attend Thursday’s meeting.
Martinez is a businesswoman and advocate for the Latino community. She would be the first Hispanic person to serve on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board.
“I think it’s exciting because it’s democracy in action,” Martinez said after the meeting adjourned without a selection. She said she would spend the days before the next school board meeting talking with principals in District 3 and school board members.