SMITHVILLE — In the race for Smithville’s School District Board of Education, voters chose incumbent Sarah Lamer and newcomer Len Matthies to serve as board members for the next three years.
With Clay County results finalized, incumbent Sarah Lamer took the most votes, 316 votes of the 732 cast in Clay County or nearly 44 percent. Matthies followed Lamer with 247 votes, about 34 percent, while Carmen Xavier claimed 159 votes or roughly 22 percent.
In Platte County, Lamer also took the most votes, 60, while Matthies claimed 56 to Xavier’s 26.
While two school district voting precincts are Clinton County, no votes were cast in those precincts for school board candidates.
“I’m excited. I’m looking forward to building what we started,” Lamer said. “My first task is to finish out the current budget year, get the teachers on track for next year and then also continue working on the budget. ... I want to thank everyone for their support. I know our community of Smithville is so supportive of the schools, and it just makes it easy to serve them. I appreciate all of their support.”
Matthies said he was unsure how he felt, listing excited, happy, overwhelmed and scared as emotions he was feeling after results were tallied Tuesday, April 2.
“Right now, I’m kind of overwhelmed. ... Oh my gosh, this is a big job, but I wanted to do it and I worked hard to get there. Yesterday I was a ball of nerves, … however the cards fall how they fall, nothing I can do. I’ve done my best,” he said.
Matthies said he appreciates voters’ support.
“I talked to people, I listened and let the voters put the vote in. I’m looking forward to it. I know I have a lot to learn and I’m pretty happy for the challenge. ... The most challenging thing I’ve ever done in my life is help run a school. That just doesn’t seem like it’s reality, but it is, and I’ll have to buckle down and do my best.”
Xavier, who also ran for school board last year, said she was happy to run and joked that maybe this means Smithville wants her to run for higher office.
“This year was different … This year I ended up making friends, touching base and getting to know the city leadership. So, I’ve become aware of the character and the flavor of Smithville. I love my town, and I continue to have my hand up in anyway that I can participate in its well-being. We just go on from here. I did the very best that I could and the voters wishes, ring supreme as always,” she said. “... I relish the fact that I was given the opportunity to compete. ... I was straight forward, transparent and ran a good campaign. (I) took the high road, so tomorrow morning I get up, get dressed and live my day, just like I always have.”