Tim Hudson (left) and Dwight Gonzales (right) / Courtesy photos
Incumbent Tim Hudson defeated challenger Dwight Gonzalez in Tuesday’s school board election in Fayetteville.
Hudson, who represents Zone 5, received 410 votes (94%) to Gonzalez’ 25 votes (6%), according to final unofficial results released by the Washington County Election Commission.
Zone 5 is the smallest portion of the district. It includes Dickson Street, the downtown area and Fayetteville High School (see map below).
The 56-year-old incumbent was first elected to the school board in 2004, and served as board president from 2012 to 2016. He also serves as executive director of the Washington Regional Medical Foundation.
“Thank you, friends and neighbors,” Hudson wrote in a Facebook post from his campaign page. “I am so happy to have another five years of doing the work of public education.”
Gonzalez publicly conceded in a post on his page.
“I want to thank everyone who helped me with this campaign,” he wrote. “I especially am thankful that we were able to run a campaign based on knowledge and respect. Knowledge dispels the fears that man creates, and only when we truly seek to know each other, can we really respect each other.”
With his win, Hudson will serve for another five years.
The election also included a district-wide vote to continue the existing school milage, set at 45.65 mills. The extension passed with 499 votes (88%) to 66 votes (12%), according to unofficial results.