With two of 10 precincts reporting in the St. Tammany Parish School Board District 9 race, Sharon Lo Drucker opened with a 630-291 vote lead over Shane Hodgson, according to incomplete and unofficial results from the Secretary of State’s website.
The two are vying to be the first representative of the newly created District 9 in and around Madisonville, which has seen explosive growth over the last several years.
The schools around Madisonville are crowded, and both candidates stressed the need for the school system to accommodate the growth, with both saying that a new school is needed. Madisonville doesn’t have its own high school — students from the junior high are sent either to Mandeville High or Covington High School depending on where they live.
The race is the only of the 15 School Board seats that is contested. An earlier race for the District 6 seat ended when Mike Rivault dropped out after learning that as a full time state employee — Rivault works for Southeastern Louisiana University — he was not permitted to hold elected office.
A third seat, held by Ray Alfred for six terms, will be open in a special spring election after Alfred passed away in September, after having qualified to run for his seat. Alfred was unopposed. Until that special election can be held, his post will be filled by his father, Anthony Alfred.