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Daugherty wins re-election to keep School Board seat

By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published October 9, 2007 at 9:05 p.m.

Is Daugherty win positive or negative for the LR school district?

  • Positive 25% 7 votes
  • Negative 75% 21 votes

28 total votes.

Long-time incumbent Mike Daugherty was re-elected to the Zone 2 seat on the Little Rock School Board on Tuesday.

When the results were tallied, Daugherty had a nearly 200-vote margin of victory over his opponent.

The complete but unofficial results from voting were:

Mike Daugherty 1,446 votes

Anna Swaim 1,248 votes

The results include absentee votes and early ballots but not three overseas ballots that will be added to the totals later this week.

Daugherty, 50, is a 12-year member of the School Board and an employee at Arkansas Medical Research Testing. His re-election keeps the board's makeup at four black members and three white.

The election came after a racially-divided fight over former Superintendent Roy Brooks in which Daugherty sided with his fellow three black School Board members to fire Brooks.

Daugherty will help oversee the nearly 27,000-student district and its $300 million annual budget.

One of the board's first tasks will be hiring a full-time superintendent. Also, the board will navigate the final stages of the district's 24-year-old desegregation plan and address the demands of the 2001 federal No Child Left Behind Act. The federal law requires students to achieve at their grade level in reading and math by 2012-14 regardless of their race, ethnicity, socio-economic status or disability.

Swaim, 38, is the communications director for the Arkansas Forestry Association.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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Information for this article was contributed by Cynthia Howell of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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