Three newcomers and one incumbent were elected to the Catawba County Board of Education in Tuesday's election.
The winners were Donna Carpenter, Becky Brittain, Leslie Barnette and incumbent Glenn Fulbright.
Carpenter, 57, was the leading vote-getter in the seven-person race.
“I’m shocked,” Carpenter said.
Carpenter said she was working at Maiden High School as an interim English teacher from Oct. 8 thru Oct. 22 and was unable to campaign much of that time. She only had the chance to visit the polls once during early voting.
Carpenter received 19,262 votes.
Fulbright, 65, was elected to the school board for a third time with 17,518 votes. He has served on the Catawba County School Board for eight years.
Brittain, 43, was elected to the school board with 17,372 total votes.
Barnette, 66, was elected with 15,933 total votes.
Before the final results were in, Barnette said, “I don’t know whether to be excited or worried right now, but I’m excited.”
Barnette said she thanks everyone who voted for her and her family for supporting her.
Incumbent Tommy Luckadoo, 55, finished fifth with 14,313 votes. Luckadoo served on the school board for four years.
“There are a lot of good candidates, and I think they would all make good members on our school board,” Luckadoo said.
Haley Beech, 41, and Ray Cerda, 62, finished in the final two slots with 13,837 and 8,339 votes, respectively.
There were 445 write-in votes.
These are unofficial results until canvassing is completed.