Wednesday, November 07, 2012 3:09 AM
Farmer takes school board seat
Mercer, Sessoms retain school board seats
By Stephanie Creech | Times Managing Editor
Gary W. Farmer has secured a second term on the Wilson County Board of Education.
Farmer, 65, defeated challenger Tony Gaetano in the District 6 race. Farmer on Tuesday received 3,604 votes compared to Gaetano’s 749 votes, based on unofficial results.
Farmer received 82.49 percent of the votes cast in District 6. Gaetano received 17.14 percent of the votes cast.
Voters in District 6 also cast 16 write-in votes.
Fellow school board incumbents Marvin Sessoms in District 2 and Henry Mercer in District 4 won their unopposed races.
Sessoms received 2,594 votes or 99.77 percent of the votes cast in District 2 while Mercer received 2,949 of the votes in District 4. In District 2, six write-in votes were cast for a total of 2,600 votes. Mercer secured 99.49 percent of the vote in District 4. In District 4, 15 write-in votes were cast for a total of 2,964 votes.
School board races are nonpartisan.
In prior interviews with The Wilson Times, Farmer has said he decided to run for second term in office because he wants to use his experience and community contacts to help Superintendent Sean Bulson succeed. Farmer, Sessoms and Mercer were all part of the board that decided to hire Bulson after Larry Price retired from the superintendent’s post.
Farmer was first elected to the school board in 2008.
Farmer has said he will work to make iPads available to every student in the school system. This school year the district issued iPads to every middle school student.
Farmer has also said he favors the new clustering for sixth-grade students. Students of varying academic levels are now being placed in the same classes.
Gaetano, 48, said he decided he run for the school board because of what he sees as a lack of communication from the school board and school district’s administration.
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