CEDARVILLE — Two incumbents and a write-in candidate were elected to the Cedar Cliff Board of Education Nov. 7, unofficial final election results show.
Gail Martindale led Christopher Cross by 57 votes — or 39 percent to 35.92 percent. Both incumbents were seeking re-election as their current terms will expire in December.
The write-in candidate contest turned out to be a close one, with Maria Waymire receiving just seven more votes than Kyle Miller. In the unofficial count, Waymire received 221; Miller, 214. Write-in votes as a whole (465 total) made up 25.08 percent of the votes.
Martindale, who claimed 723 votes as front-runner, has been on the board since January 1998, according to her biography. She’s a self-employed commercial artist in the community and a lifelong resident of Cedarville, graduating from and sending her own children through Cedar Cliff Schools. She’s served on the Ohio School Board Association and is board president of the Greene County Career Center Board of Education.
“I believe, unequivocally, in the value of public education. As a lifelong resident of our district and Cedar Cliff Local Schools graduate, I have pleasure in seeing our children succeed and having a positive impact on our community. I have represented the district for several years, always encouraging communication, dedication to all children and a strong advocate for students with disabilities,” Martindale said in this newspaper’s candidate questionnaire. “I look forward to serving the district and supporting the community’s educational vision and values.”
Cross — following closely at 666 votes — joined the board in January 2010. According to his biography on the district’s website, Cross is an assistant professor and head athletic trainer at Cedarville University. His sons attend Cedar Cliff Schools.
Next to the two returnees, the board will welcome a new member. Waymire, an Ohio State University graduate, said prior to the election that she was seeking a term on the board to ensure the schools’ good financial standing while providing students with the best resources and opportunities. Waymire is part-owner of Little Miami Flower Company and Waymire Family Farms.
“I think it’s important for a board member to be a good listener, think objectively and be open minded. These are important qualities as a school board member, and I believe I have these qualities. Being a team player and having good character goes a long way in any area of capacity. I will always support what is morally and ethically right for the students and the school. I would be honored to serve this great community,” Waymire said.
Miller was named Fire Chief of the Cedarville Township Volunteer Fire Department in 2016. According to the department’s website, he has been a member of the fire department since 1996. He graduated from Cedarville University with a business management degree and his children attend Cedar Cliff Schools.
The board of elections will do a final official count and certify it once outstanding absentee ballots and provisional ballots are in. The official results will be certified at the board’s regular business meeting Wednesday, Nov. 22.
Recounts will not be considered until after the official count is done. The count must have a difference of .5 percent to be considered for recount.
Contact Anna Bolton at 937-502-4498.