According to Strawn Superintendent Brent Dawson, because of the close margin, Abbott and Spakes potentially faced a runoff, but neither wanted one and after discussing it, Abbott decided to concede to Spakes.
“Both felt it was best for the school not to have a runoff,” said Dawson. “They are both great board members and we hate to see Craig leave, but we have full confidence that Tina will do what’s best for the school and help us move forward.”
Gordon ISD also had a school board election, with 106 voters selecting incumbents Ed Demichele, with 76 votes, and Milo Moffit, with 70 votes, over newcomer, challenger Joel Taylor, who drew 45 votes.
Incumbent trustees also reigned in Millsap ISD for two at-large places. Incumbents Jerry Walker, with 96 votes, and Tommy Lucia, with 82 votes, retain their seats from newcomer and challenger Timothy Kukuk, who received 21 votes.