Of the three Clark County School Board seats in the Tuesday primaries, only one race proved to be close.
The top two nonpartisan candidates advancing to the general election in District G were at odds long before they filed for the office, which represents southeast Las Vegas and part of Henderson.
Challenger Joe Spencer, 43, filed a complaint against incumbent Erin Cranor in November, which led the Nevada Commission on Ethics to find that she broke a state law forbidding use of taxpayer resources on campaigning. Cranor and other School Board members told district staff to send email blasts seeking volunteers in support of the Clark County School District’s 2012 ballot question requesting to increase property taxes.
The fact that Cranor, 44, was narrowly edging by Spencer with about 80 percent of precincts reporting says something to the challenger.
“I think it screams that people want change,” said Spencer, who contends that his no-excuses approach has attracted support. “I’ve done no campaigning. My intention has been to let the primary ride out and see how it fell, campaigning after that.”
Cranor can’t say she was surprised by the close results.
“In School Board races where there’s not a poll, that’s where you find out, in the primaries,” said Cranor, thanking her campaign volunteers.
Familiar face Stavan Corbett took the lead in District D, which includes south-central Las Vegas and part of North Las Vegas east of Interstate 15. Corbett, 40, served on the State Board of Education before resigning to take the local seat in December. He was appointed by the School Board to replace Lorraine Alderman, who resigned.
“I’m pleased with the results, having only been in the seat six months,” said Corbett, not surprised Kevin Child will follow him into the general election, seeing that he’s run for public office in the past.
Child is a 52-year-old real estate agent and chairman of the Southern Nevada Anti-Graffiti Coalition. He graduated from Bonanza High School in 1980 and took college courses but never earned a college degree.
Incumbent Carolyn Edwards was a clear front-runner for District F in the southwest valley, surpassing two challengers, both district elementary school teachers. The 63-year-old seeks the maximum third term allowed by state law and faces opposition calling attention to problems during her current term, most notably inflation of the district’s 2013 graduation rate and a stipulated agreement with the Nevada Commission on Ethics that she broke the law in the 2012 election for the same reason as Cranor.
Edwards faces 31-year-old Ralph Krauss in the Nov. 4 general election.
“I’ve been in the School District on the front lines,” he said. “I’ve been there. I’ve seen the issues.”
Edwards couldn’t be reached Tuesday night but has acknowledged “there is some mistrust of the School District. I don’t think we’re as transparent as we could be.”
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