In a narrow race, Jeffrey Turner defeated Jane Reese to retain his seat on the Bald Eagle Area School District board.
Turner received 508 votes to Reese’s 468, according to unofficial results Tuesday.
With 52 percent of the vote, Turner, 46, of Huston Township, returns for a fourth term representing the district’s Region 2, which covers Port Matilda, Unionville, the western part of Boggs Township, and Huston, Union and Worth townships.
“I’m happy to be going back for another four years,” he said. “It was a long day.”
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Reese, 55, of Worth Township, ran partly on her experience in education from working as the assistant coordinator of Penn State’s Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, which provides academic study and development for education professionals from around the world. Her three children went through the district.
A lifelong Bald Eagle Valley resident like Reese, Turner is the manager of the American Foundations plant in Spring Township. Two of his four children still are in the district.
Turner credited his family for helping him on Election Day. His wife and two brothers-in-law handed out fliers and greeted voters at several polling places.
“I think that probably made the difference,” Turner said.
Turner, the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology representative on the board, said he would make growth at CPI one of his priorities for his new term.
In the meantime, he said, he’s grateful for another chance to serve the district.
“I’d like to thank everybody who voted for me,” he said. “It made it an interesting race.”