SMITHVILLE — In a close race for Smithville School District’s Board of Education Tuesday, June 2, Susan Whitacre, Scott Haggerty and Denney Fales were the top three of four vote-getters and will fill three available seats on the board, according to unofficial election results from Clay and Platte counties. Longtime board member Russell Fries lost his reelection bid. “It’s very flattering,” Whitacre said in response to having the majority of votes, 28.77%. “Definitely (feeling) excitement. I’m anxious to get started and to learn more. I feel a little apprehensive with everything that’s going on, but still definitely more excited than anything.” Following closely behind for the second seat was Scott Haggerty with 28.15% of the total votes. “I feel part excitement, part ‘Oh my goodness, now the real work begins,’” Haggerty said. “Hopefully this is a good thing for Smithville and we do a good job for all.” The third seat went to incumbent Denney Fales, who had 21.82% of the votes despite his name being misspelled on the Clay County ballot. Fales said he was surprised to see fellow incumbent Fales not win. “We are going to miss (Russell Fries) being on the board,” Fales said, describing his feelings upon seeing the results. “... I’m looking forward to getting to work in June and continuing to do good things with the district.”

Susan Whitacre

Scott Haggerty

Denney Fales

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