Mark Bellue, Republican, and Jennifer Andrews, Democrat, will face off in a Dec. 6 runoff for East Baton Rouge Parish School Board District 1.
Bellue received 6,229 votes, or 49 percent, while Andrews received 4,043 votes, or 31 percent, according to unofficial results from the Louisiana Secretary of State office.
Mary Lynch, who has been serving on the school board after Randy Lamana died of a heart attack in April, received 2,564 votes, or 20 percent.
Bellue, 48, is an assistant vice president of governmental affairs for LUBA Worker’s Comp. and received the endorsement of Better Schools for Better Futures. The group advocates for giving principals more autonomy as well as school choice which includes charter schools and vouchers for private schools.
Andrews, 40, is deputy director of Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana, and is a mother of children in public schools. In an October story, Andrews said there are not enough quality teachers in classrooms and that parents are still having a hard time finding good schools close to where they live.
Lynch said she doesn’t agree with a “one size fits all” solution to education problems and that more needs to be done to stop the divisions among the school board members.
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