Tom Kaelber and Joe Roden ran something of a joint campaign for Buckeye Valley school board. The two of them were successful, gaining the two most votes in a four-way race Tuesday night.
In a successful bid for his third term on the school board Kaelber, 61, was the top vote-getter, gaining 2,859 votes, according to final, but unofficial results. Roden, a 49-year-old computer networking manager, gained 2,161 votes, edging out Denise Herrell, a 44-year-old pediatrician’s assistant, by about 380 votes.
After about 900 absentee votes were counted, Herrell enjoyed a narrow lead, but that margin shifted in favor of Roden as Tuesday votes trickled in.
Former Delaware city councilman Dave Godsil, 45, trailed behind the other three all night, gaining 1,678 votes and never getting closer than 100 votes.
“I really felt confident throughout this campaign,” Kaelber said in an interview with the Gazette. “I feel that with Joe Roden being elected and his platform to open this school board up to communication, I think we can do a whole lot better than what we’ve been doing in the past in listening to this community. With the way the income tax turned out, I think that (the community) is sending quite a message to us that they’re truly not satisfied with the direction we’ve been going, and that we need to change that direction.”
“That change is coming,” said Kaelber, a retired BV teacher.
Roden said he is “honored” to have been elected, and that he will continue to attend school board meetings to prepare himself to assume office and open up lines of communication with the public.
Roden, too, highlighted the failed 0.5 percent income tax issue in his remarks to the Gazette.
“I think we have to start thinking about why our operating levy failed on a 65-35 ratio. We need to take a good hard look at that to see how we can fix that up in the future,” Roden said.