Dempsey, Miller win School Board seats

James (Jamie) L. Rau

James (Jamie) L. Rau

FELTON – Lake Forest School District School Board will only see one new face when the terms of three of its members expire in June, according to unofficial results from the Department of Elections for Kent County Delaware.

Defeating Polytech High School Senior Austin Auen by 327 votes, Andrea Miller earned 421 votes and will retain her three-year term seat on the board. James L. Rau was unopposed for this election.

Running for the school board was only the beginning for Mr. Auen. “I know I’ll run for something else. This isn’t the last you’ve seen of me yet,” he said.

Newcomer Earle Dempsey, a 1990 Lake Forest High School graduate, will replace current Board President Danny Aguilar after earning 356 votes. A new president will be chosen at a later date.

Earle Dempsey

Earle Dempsey

“It is very important to me to have graduated from there and to bring that history and knowledge back to the board. I’m really excited,” he said.

Although opposing candidate, Elizabeth Brode, remained hopeful throughout election day, she received only 176 votes. Currently a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission for the City of Harrington, she said still plans to visit the Bahamas in a few weeks for a needed vacation.

“We both acknowledge that a lot of stuff needs to be done in the district,” Mr. Dempsey said about his running mate. “I feel honored that the public chose me. I look forward to rolling my sleeves up and helping out.”

Ms. Miller was unavailable immediately following the election. During a previous interview with The Harrington Journal, she said, “I would like to continue the partnership with administrators, educators and community members leaving no stone unturned when it comes to seeking and providing the best educational resources, life skills and opportunities for students.”

Mr. Rau is filling a new five-year term. Mr. Dempsey is filling a one-term left vacant by a previous board member and Mrs. Miller is completing a three-year vacancy left by Chris Baker when he moved out of the district two years ago.

Andrea Miller

Andrea Miller

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