School board president joins Childs and Swanson
November 25, 2010 3:40 PM
Beau Yarbrough

On Election Night, it became clear that only one Hesperia Unified incumbent seeking reelection would make it back into office. When voters went to bed that night, it looked as though it would be Lee Rogers, who had just edged out board president Hardy Black. But in the morning, the situation had reversed, and in the weeks since, Black’s small lead has grown ever larger.

On Wednesday afternoon, the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters made it “semi” official: Black had been reelected, edging out Rogers for a third-place victory by a mere 76 votes, out of 40,937 cast.

After weeks of seemingly always having another handful of votes to be counted, the registrar’s office declared election results to be done, pending a final certification of votes next week, the afternoon before Thanksgiving.

Black received 4,247 votes (or 10.37 percent of the total), consigning Rogers to a fourth place finish with 4,171 votes (or 10.19 percent of the total vote).

Both incumbents trailed Niccole Childs, who received 4,666 votes (11.40 percent of the vote), and Eric Swanson, who has 4,505 votes (11 percent of the vote).

There were three seats up for grabs in this year’s school board election.

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